Pro­posal on the rocks

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como -

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.

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