Bot­tle out say res­i­dents

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Community News - Tim Mayne

COMO and South Perth res­i­dents are an­gry that a Dan Mur­phy’s in the Como Ho­tel car park could be­come a re­al­ity.

The five-mem­ber panel of the Metro Cen­tral Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) voted in favour of the devel­op­ment at the third hear­ing into the mat­ter on Fri­day, April 17.

Res­i­dents have put their con­cerns to South Perth coun­cil about the pro­posal since early 2013 cit­ing traf­fic, noise and the im­pacts of cheap al­co­hol.

South Perth res­i­dent Greg Benjamin, who at­tended the JDAP meet­ing, said he was mon­i­tor­ing the is­sue closely, was dis­ap­pointed with the City of South Perth and had lost faith in JDAP.

“I was dis­ap­pointed that they (coun­cil) were so slow to re­spond to this is­sue when it was first dis­cussed in 2013,” Mr Benjamin said.

“I also quoted a re­port to JDAP by Dr Peter Howat stat­ing one mil­lion Aus­tralian chil­dren are ad­versely af­fected by par­ents’ or car­ers’ drink­ing.

“Even the CEO of the Foun­da­tion of Al­co­hol Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion re­cently pleaded for our fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to deal with prob­lems like fam­ily vi­o­lence by tack­ling the ready avail­abil­ity and ag­gres­sive mar­ket­ing of al­co­hol.

“I asked JDAP to take on that plea, but they ig­nored it,” Mr Benjamin said.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said she was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion.

“In my opin­ion there is no need for a Dan Mur­phy’s in South Perth.

“The City of South Perth has 12 liquor out­lets within a four kilo­me­tre ra­dius of the Como Ho­tel site,” she said.

The Mayor said coun­cil had con­cerns about the lo­ca­tion of the “barn-like liquor store” and the po­ten­tial to in­crease traf­fic, cit­ing re­cent AAMI in­sur­ance crash statis­tics list­ing Como in the five top crash hotspots.

Although JDAP voted in favour of the devel­op­ment, Mrs Do­herty said the mat­ter was not over.

“Although devel­op­ment ap­proval has been sup­plied by JDAP, the de­vel­oper needs to gain ap­proval for a liquor li­cence with cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the City of South Perth.”

Gra­ham Kew, Tony Thurston, Pauline Thurston, Ash­ley Cra­nen­burgh, Cecilia Brooke, Greg Benjamin, Mur­ray Jen­nings, Ros­alind Jen­nings, Phil Wat­son.

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