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KIDS, BARS DO NOT MIX - MUMS

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

THREE South Perth mums are on a cru­sade to get laws changed to cre­ate ex­clu­sion zones around schools.

They be­lieve there should be a 500m zone around schools where no li­censed premises can open.

Their pe­ti­tion fol­lows ap­proval for a bar to open on An­gelo Street in South Perth, op­po­site Wes­ley Col­lege, ear­lier this year.

The City of South Perth has is­sued a build­ing per­mit and works are in progress.

Once the work has been com­pleted, the City will is­sue a sec­tion 39 cer­tifi­cate, part of the liquor li­cens­ing process.

After re­ceiv­ing this cer­tifi­cate, Liquor Li­cens­ing and Gaming can is­sue a li­cence and the bar can open.

The moth­ers said the bar would have di­rect and in­di­rect ef­fects on the 2000 stu­dents at­tend­ing Wes­ley Col­lege and nearby schools, South Perth Pri­mary School and St Columba’s Catholic Pri­mary School.

Jackie Hair said many of the stu­dents caught the bus that stopped out­side the site or would ride and walk past it.

“They will be ex­posed to in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour such as smoking and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour,” she said.

She said be­cause Wes­ley had many after-school pro­grams, stu­dents could be ex­posed to the worst times of the bar.

“It is just so close to the perime­ter of the school – (bar pa­trons) can just watch the kids,” she said.

Wes­ley Col­lege and St Columba’s Catholic Pri­mary School did not com­ment on the is­sue but South Perth Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Karen Owens said the mat­ter had been dis­cussed with the school’s par­ents and cit­i­zens as­so­ci­a­tion.

And, given the con­sid­er­able dis­tance be­tween the pro­posed bar and the school, they did not be­lieve it would im­pact them in any way.

The sec­ond mother, who did not want to be named, said there was also con­cern about pa­trons of the bar mak­ing bad de­ci­sions and hurt­ing stu­dents in some way.

“I think peo­ple will start to see it as an is­sue and move their kids away,” she said.

They said they had sub­mit­ted their ob­jec­tions as part of the liquor li­cens­ing process. But they said they saw a big­ger is­sue at stake and now wanted to change the law to in­clude a 500-me­tre ex­clu­sion zone around schools when it came to li­censed out­lets.

“It is just not a good idea,” mother Ann Choong said.

■ Their pe­ti­tion can be signed on­line at www. change.org/p/the-hon-col­in­bar­nett-mla-don-t-ap­prove-li­censed-premises-within-500me­tres-of-any-school and will be open un­til State Par­lia­ment goes back next year.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Three South Perth moth­ers are op­posed to bars, in­clud­ing this An­gelo Street business now be­ing built, op­er­at­ing near schools.

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