City sup­port for al­fresco drink­ing trial

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Tayler Neale

Al­bany Ho­tel owner Neville Wal­ton be­lieves the City coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove a six-month trial to al­low al­co­hol to be served with­out food in the pub’s al­fresco area will pave the way for other venues to fol­low suit.

The York Street pub’s ap­pli­ca­tion will now be as­sessed by the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries af­ter coun­cil­lors ap­proved the trial by 12 votes to one at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, with Cr Ali­son Goode vot­ing against the mo­tion.

Mr Wal­ton praised the de­ci­sion and said it was a win for Al­bany.

“We’re very happy and it’s a great re­sult — there are a cou­ple of lit­tle re­stric­tions but we can work with that,” he said

“I think it’s just good for Al­bany; it opens up the doors for other li­censed premises to be able to fol­low in our foot­steps.”

The item also in­cluded a clause that en­sures the coun­cil agrees to ap­prove sim­i­lar pro­pos­als by other li­censed premises sub­ject to con­di­tions.

Mr Wal­ton said they had re­ceived strong sup­port from neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses.

We’re very happy and it’s a great re­sult . . . I think it’s just good for Al­bany; it opens up the doors for other li­censed premises to be able to fol­low in our foot­steps. Neville Wal­ton

“Our pa­trons still have to be seated, so it doesn’t open up the flood­gates for wild par­ties out on the al­fresco, and we never in­tended that,” he said

“They can sit out there in the sun­shine and have a nice glass of wine in the af­ter­noon, which is what we need to be en­cour­ag­ing.”

Cr Ray Ham­mond spoke in favour of the mo­tion.

“This fa­cil­ity is long over­due and will add much-needed vi­brancy to York Street,” he said

A sim­i­lar ap­pli­ca­tion re­quest­ing changes to the ho­tel’s liquor li­cence was re­jected by the coun­cil in 2008.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson

Al­bany Ho­tel own­ers Lexy Grover and Neville Wal­ton are happy with the City of Al­bany’s de­ci­sion on Tues­day night to sup­port al­co­hol be­ing served with­out food in the al­fresco area.

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