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Sydney investigates ‘VIP Lounge’ pub pokies signage

The City of Sydney has announced a review of flashing ‘VIP Lounge’ signs outside Sydney pubs to see if they comply with council rules covering “excessive or special illumination schemes.” If the signs are found to be unauthorised, they could be removed.

VIP Lounge SWS Signage
Cancel that? Gaming lounge signage under attack in Sydney (image and signwork SWS Signage)

After complaints from local residents, the council inspected pokie signs outside three Oxford Street pubs in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst.

“It is unlikely that the City would have approved these illuminated flashing signs if the venues’ operators had submitted development applications to install them,” said the council’s executive manager for planning and development Andrew Thomas, according to a report by Nine’s Sydney Morning Herald. 

“We are further investigating the signs’ compliance in accordance with our development controls and will take action as required.”

The council says it will now review all signage outside gaming rooms in the local government area.

If signs are found to be unauthorised, the council may issue orders for their removal and could consider fines and penalties. 

In August 2022, the City of Sydney council voted to ban fossil fuel advertising on its outdoor network.

Street furniture with signage has also come under attack by Sydney City Council .

Could this be a case of NSW councils catching the cancel-culture wave apparent in European cities sich as Bristol UK?

After the ludicrous recent announcement that North Sydney council intends to ban anything made from animal leather or fur from its properties, it makes you wonder. Ironically, the proposing councillor's name is Lamb. Good place to start?