PERPLEXING DE­CI­SION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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