Big con­ces­sions for new small bar

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

SOUTH PERTH THE own­ers of South Perth’s first small bar made a raft of con­ces­sions be­fore open­ing last week, di­rectly across the road from Wes­ley Col­lege.

The orig­i­nal name Hop­scotch was ditched af­ter an ob­jec­tion from lo­cal com­mu­nity group No Al­co­hol Near Schools.

The Depart­ment of Rac­ing, Gam­ing and Liquor agreed with the group that a bar should not be named af­ter a chil­dren’s game, par­tic­u­larly given its close prox­im­ity to the school.

South Perth res­i­dent Jackie Hair said No Al­co­hol Near Schools formed af­ter con­cerns about the nor­mal­i­sa­tion of al­co­hol con­sump­tion in chil­dren’s lives

“We are con­cerned that hav­ing a bar right next to a school will send the wrong mes­sage to the young stu­dents who will pass the bar on their way home from school, and to af­ter­school and week­end ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mrs Hair said.

The group pe­ti­tioned the Pre­mier and other MPs re­cently, aim­ing to pre­vent ap­proval of li­censed premises within 500m of schools.

May­lands MP Lisa Baker took the is­sue on board and tabled the pe­ti­tion in Par­lia­ment last week, say­ing grow­ing brains did not need al­co­hol.

The own­ers of the bar said they had gone to great lengths to en­sure min­i­mal im­pact on neigh­bours.

“We are acutely aware of the re­spon­si­bil­ity we have to our clos­est neigh­bours and also to Wes­ley Col­lege across the road,” owner Luke Matkovic said.

As part of the 15month plan­ning and ap­pli­ca­tion process, the own­ers ini­ti­ated sev­eral harm-min­imi­sa­tion mea­sures.

Those in­clude no ex­ter­nal ad­ver­tis­ing or sale of al­co­hol prod­ucts, and no al- fresco drink­ing area.

Stu­dents in school uni­form would also not be per­mit­ted to en­ter the premises even if they were of legal drink­ing age.

Busi­ness part­ner and co-owner Brett Ni­chols said while there had been some ob­jec­tions, there had also been a great deal of sup­port for the new venue.

Wes­ley Col­lege told the South­ern Gazette they pre­ferred not to com­ment.

An­gelo Street Bar co-owner Brett Ni­chols and venue manager Bren­dan Ryan.

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