Locals fighting plans to open gambling mega centre in Tokoroa

Locals are fighting back against a plan to combine three venues into one gambling mega centre in Tokoroa.

The local council had approved plans to combine three existing gambling vehicles into one mega centre with 30 pokies and a possible onsite TAB.

The South Waikato District Council says it's reducing an evil by lowering the number of venues residents could go to in the town to gamble.

But two of those venues were facing closure anyway and a councillor owns one of the venues being merged.

Resident Lorraine Young is fighting against the centre and told Three's The Project she's contacted the council about the venue so many times, she's been asked to stop calling.

"I think it's a poor idea and it makes me very angry," she said. "We're a very at-risk community here.

"I'm very saddened and disappointed with the council."

Watch the video for the full The Project interview.