Fears over golf course tav­ern

Stirling Times - - News - Jon Bas­sett

CLAREMONT Coun­cil only wants up to 60 drinkers at a pro­posed tav­ern for Lake Claremont Golf Course.

“I note that res­i­dents of Claremont on the Park apart­ments may also use the tav­ern as their lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole and not go to Bay View Ter­race, and this will fur­ther in­crease con­ges­tion on our street,” Ray Sebo, a home­owner on ad­ja­cent Lap­s­ley Road, said at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing.

Mr Sabo said the course’s gym, cafe and a new ad­ven­ture play­ground for chil­dren had in­creased traf­fic in the area.

Course op­er­a­tor Golf Or­a­cle wants the Golf Box club­house to be li­censed to sup­ply al­co­hol, which could also be drunk on the course un­til 8pm, Sun­day to Thurs­day, and 10pm Fri­day to Satur­day.

The coun­cil had nine pub­lic sub­mis­sions, out of 98 ad­dresses con­tacted, in op­po­si­tion with fears of noise, rub­bish, con­ges­tion, new trad­ing hours, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and lower prop­erty val­ues.

Golf Or­a­cle’s sub­mis­sion stated those against were “only a tiny mi­nor­ity” of the area’s pop­u­la­tion and that it had sev­eral de­mands daily for liquor usu­ally pro­vided at pub­lic and pri­vate golf clubs.

“The op­er­a­tor is also hav­ing to deal with con­fused and un­happy pa­trons when they are in­formed there isn’t one cur­rently and there is an ex­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tion process un­fold­ing,” a staff re­port said.

Coun­cil­lors were con­cerned about drinking on the course and up to 100 cars leav­ing at clos­ing.

“It’s pos­si­ble the Golf Box could be­come a reg­u­lar drinking venue to up to 120 peo­ple at any given time,” Cr Peter Browne said.

Cr Kate Main said it was “tra­di­tion” golfers had a beer on the course, but Cr Bruce Haynes said the re­quest to drink on the fair­ways was for over­flow from a club­house func­tion.

The coun­cil agreed to ad­vise the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

It wants the tav­ern lim­ited to a daily clos­ing time of 8pm and a 60-drinker limit in an en­closed area near the club­house.

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