UNI STUDENTS AT RISK FROM ‘BARN’
OVER two years ago on 17.4.2015, following two previous refusals, the MCJDAP by a vote of 3-2 conditionally approved a development application for demolition of the BWS bottle shop next to the Como Hotel and the construction of a Dan Murphy’s liquor barn.
On 13.8.2015, ALH the owner sought to change two conditions.
It was successful in removing the condition that “lowest price guarantee” not be displayed on the building, but not in extending the time from two to three years, by which construction was to be substantially commenced. Consequently, development approval has since lapsed.
Meanwhile, an application to vary the tavern licence that covers both the hotel and existing bottle shop was heard by the Liquor Licensing Commission on October 27, 2017. The main objectors are the City of South Perth and Save Como Action Group, together with individual objectors.
The chairman indicated that two issues are to the fore, traffic, and a primary objective of the Liquor Control Act 1988: to cater for the requirements of consumers for liquor and related services, with regard to the proper development of
the liquor industry, the tourism industry and other hospitality industries in the State.
I think that the two other primary objectives (a) to regulate the sale, supply and consumption of liquor; and (b) to minimise harm or illhealth caused to people, or any group of people, due to the use of liquor are not getting the attention they deserve.
A particularly vulnerable group for binge drinking is 18-24 year olds and Curtin University is a major attractor of that age group to the area.
Only three MCJDAP members out of five were satisfied to the extent of ignoring the conditions for developmental approval specified by Main Roads WA and State Planning Policy 5-1 Regional Roads (Vehicular Access).
In addition all failed to take into account State Planning Policy 4.2 Activity Centres for Perth and Peel section 5.6.1 Bulky goods retailing and mixed business, which makes it quite clear that:
The encroachment of bulky goods retail into residential and industrial zones should be avoided
Furthermore, locating such development in an ad hoc manner or as ribbon development along regional roads is discouraged.
Bulky goods retail should be developed with access and urban design controls so as not to interfere with traffic flow and safety, or detract from the amenity of public transport or the locality
In regard to the traffic issue, ALH was ordered to file and serve within 28 days: 1. A clear analysis of entrances and exits to the property and 2. Report on traffic in South Terrace where concern is greatest (relative to Norton Street).
The saga is ongoing. CAROL ROE, Manning