City op­posed to liquor store

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

SOUTH Perth coun­cil will set up a $20,000 fight­ing fund to con­test the de­ci­sion by the Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) to ap­prove a li­cence for a Dan Mur­phy’s liquor store in the Como Ho­tel site.

Mayor Sue Do­herty put for­ward a mo­tion dur­ing last week’s coun­cil agenda meet­ing to lodge a sub­mis­sion with the Depart­ment of Rac­ing, Gam­ing and Liquor re­quest­ing that the Dan Mur­phy’s ap­pli­ca­tion be ad­ver­tised for public com­ment.

The mo­tion in­cluded a pro­posed bud­get of $20,000 to ap­point lawyers to pre­pare grounds for an ob­jec­tion let­ter to be sent to the Depart­ment.

Some coun­cil­lors at last week’s meet­ing ques­tioned City of South Perth CEO Cliff Frew­ing about the fig­ure of $20,000 to which Mr Frew­ing replied that fig­ure is based on his ex­pe­ri­ence in th­ese mat­ters.

“To pre­pare a com­pli­ant sub­mis­sion, you need legal brains which can cost $400 an hour, which can be one week’s work for lawyers. It may cost less, it may cost more but we owe it to the com­mu­nity to put in the best sub­mis­sion we can,” he said.

The Dan Mur­phy’s devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by JDAP on April 17 this year in a three to two vote.

Coun­cil­lor Kevin Trent said he hoped for the back­ing of the com­mu­nity in re­gards to the mayor’s mo­tion.

“I hope the Save Como Ac­tion Group can get num­bers on a pe­ti­tion,” Mr Trent said.

The mo­tion will be dis­cussed at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing.

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