Liquor bid de­ci­sion lauded


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como - Su­sanne Reilly

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers and lo­cal politi­cians have wel­comed the Metro Cen­tral Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel de­ci­sion to re­ject an ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop the Como Ho­tel and a Dan Mur­phy’s liquor store on the cor­ner of Can­ning High­way and South Ter­race.

The panel’s pre­sid­ing mem­ber Charles John­son said it was re­fused from a plan­ning per­spec­tive with the main rea­sons be­ing traf­fic im­pacts, a short­fall on park­ing spa­ces and the amenity im­pact.

He added that the ap­pli­cant, ALH Group, and the group against the devel­op­ment both had pro­fes­sional views on traf­fic im­pact but had op­po­site con­clu­sions so that would need to be looked at.

ALH Group has the op­por­tu­nity to lodge an ap­peal through the State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for ALH Group said it was re­view­ing its op­tions.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the City wel­comed the de­ci­sion.

“If the pro­posed devel­op­ment were to go ahead, there would be sig­nifi- cant im­pacts to noise, traf­fic and safety in our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” she said.

“The City does not be­lieve there is a need for a Dan Mur­phy’s su­per­store, with 12 liquor out­lets within a 4km ra­dius of the Como Ho­tel site.”

Karawara res­i­dent Peter Howat also wel­comed the de­ci­sion.

“Com­men­da­tions to the DAP mem­bers who sup­ported the City of South Perth of­fi­cers’ of­fi­cial rec­om­men­da­tion that the booze barn ap­pli­ca­tion should be re­jected,” he said.

“It was clear that th­ese three mem­bers had taken their time to avail them­selves of the de­tails of the ap­pli­ca­tion and agreed that there were likely to be nu­mer­ous neg­a­tive ef­fects on the lo­cal com­mu­nity with no dis­cern­able ben­e­fit.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said it was a “win” for the com­mu­nity.

“The rul­ing re­flects com­mu­nity sen­ti­ment and con­cerns raised by South Perth coun­cil, Main Roads WA, in­de­pen­dent traf­fic con­sul­tants, Uloth and As­so­ciates and South Perth MLA John McGrath about the neg­a­tive im­pact on res­i­dences and in­creased accident risk on Can­ning High­way,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Swan MHR Steve Irons and South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty with lo­cals Mickey Phull, Tony Thurston, Tina Wat­son, Greg Ben­jamin, Peter Howat and Marc Mor­ley.

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