We don't often eat out west, but we recently had a group catch-up at the Mercure Caroline Springs (also known as WestWaters). The seniors meals were excellent value at 2 courses for $16. I had the penne with pumpkin etc (and received a generous serve), and other choices included chicken schnitzel or fish and chips (plus soup or desert, of course, or both for slightly extra).
They also threw in a $5 pokie credit - which of course had the desired effect of attracting a number of the group into the pokies room. Needless to say, the venue more than made up for the cheapness of the meals.
There's an interesting outlook over "Lake Caroline" in front of the hotel. I assume it's artificial, but there are even a few ducks on it.