Wa­ter polo club gets nod for liquor change

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Gio­vanni Torre

DOL­PHINS Wa­ter Polo Club will be able to serve liquor four days a week af­ter a de­ci­sion by Clare­mont Coun­cil last Tues­day.

The club sought a greater spread of hours re­duc­ing its Wed­nes­day and Satur­day hours but gain­ing new liquor li­censed pe­ri­ods on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Club com­mit­tee mem­ber Jeff Brad­dock spoke at the meet­ing, ex­plain­ing that the Dol­phins - founded 13 years be­fore the Clare­mont Aquatic Cen­tre opened were the cen­tre’s old­est ten­ants.

He said the club had more than 500 mem­bers and drew many peo­ple to the cen­tre - con­tribut­ing much to the Town.

Mr Brad­dock said the club hoped to ex­tend its li­censed area from be­yond the clu­b­room to its ve­randa so spec­ta­tors could en­joy a quiet drink out­doors.

Coun­cil­lors voted to ap­prove the new spread of li­censed hours - re­duc­ing the Wed­nes­day hours to 6pm-9pm (for­merly un­til mid­night) and Satur­day hours to 2pm-9pm (for­merly 1pm-9pm), while al­low­ing the club to serve al­co­hol from 6pm un­til 9pm on a Thurs­day and 4.30pm un­til 8pm on a Fri­day.

In ad­di­tion, the club re­quested 10 ex­tended trad­ing days or nights to al­low them to serve al­co­hol at func­tions and games days.

Coun­cil­lors agreed to re­fer the re­quest for li­cens­ing the ve­randa and the 10 ex­tended trad­ing days to Town staff for fur­ther anal­y­sis and con­sul­ta­tion with the club.

Cr Kate Main backed all of the club’s re­quests, ar­gu­ing that sev­eral other sports clubs en­joyed al­fresco li­censed ar­eas.

Cr Bruce Haynes noted that the Aquatic Cen­tre was not like other sports club fa­cil­i­ties be­cause it was a shared com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

Mayor Jock Barker ob­served that, on ad­vice from chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode, the Town would be li­able for any in­ci­dent aris­ing from the liquor li­cens­ing.

“The coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the pool - if some­thing goes wrong and the coun­cil was not su­per­vis­ing, the coun­cil would get sued.

“The out­door li­censed area would have to have su­per­vi­sion from the Town, and the Dol­phins would have to pay for it - it is sim­ply too dan­ger­ous for the coun­cil,” he said.

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