THE ALH group (Woolworths) is determined to get approval for its enormous Dan Murphy’s booze barn at the Como Hotel site.
I agree with letter writers Greg Benjamin and Andrew Cox and thousands of other South Perth residents.
We are perplexed how the State planning authorities can continue to allow this application yet another hearing despite overwhelming evidence against it.
There are already nine liquor stores in a five-kilometre radius of the site, and at least eight other large booze barns (Dan Murphy’s or First Choice) within 10km.
Our community is saturated with alcohol outlets.
Well-researched evidence clearly indicates negative effects from booze barns such as increased risky drinking by youth and socially disadvantaged people, drinking in local parks and streets or laneways near the liquor outlets, especially by at-risk people, and increased crime and violence in the local area.
More than one million Australian children are adversely affected by their parents’ or carers’ drinking.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s chief executive recently pleaded for our federal and State governments to deal with problems such as family violence by tackling the ready availability and aggressive marketing of alcohol. PETER HOWAT, South Perth.