Proposal on the rocks
trict centre commercial zone.
The interim policy stated that any future liquor outlet planning would consider traffic and parking problems, noise, patron management and a social impact and harm minimisation strategy.
The Save Como Action Group, which has been lobbying against any proposed construction on the Como Hotel site for nearly two years, welcomed the news.
Group member and South Perth resident Peter Howat said the rise of the big ‘booze barns’ caused well-known social problems.
“I have worked in the field of alcohol and drugs for the past 35 years as an emeritus professor and there is strong evidence to show the larger the booze barns become, and the more they lower their prices, there is a greater in- crease in high-risk drinking,” he said.
Dr Howat said he had previously raised concerns about the rise of the booze barns and associated social problems at council meetings.
“The concern is that these large-scale discount liquor outlets encourage problem drinking, particularly those 25 years of age and younger and also in low income earners.
“My research shows that people can buy these specials in large quantities and drink it more quickly than they intend to,” he said.
South Perth resident Greg Benjamin says he hopes this is the end of the matter. “We are now hoping that the matter is finally dealt with,” he said.
The Gazette made several unsuccessful attempts to contact the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.