Push against pub sites
KIDS, BARS DO NOT MIX - MUMS
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.
Three South Perth mothers are opposed to bars, including this Angelo Street business now being built, operating near schools.