New liquor out­let ap­proved for Horsham

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Horsham will have a new liquor store after Horsham Ru­ral City Coun­cil granted a plan­ning per­mit fol­low­ing de­bate on Mon­day night.

Five of seven coun­cil­lors voted to al­low On Tap Liquor Con­sult­ing to sell pack­aged liquor from the for­mer Su­percheap Auto build­ing at 66 Hamilton Street.

Crs Josh Koenig and John Robin­son voted against grant­ing a per­mit. Cr Koenig ar­gued the location was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The new Cel­lar­bra­tions store will be ad­ja­cent to Grampians Com­mu­nity Health, which is mov­ing its head­quar­ters to the for­mer Wades build­ing.

Headspace Horsham also opened in Hamilton Street in May.

Cr Koenig said peo­ple leav­ing al­co­hol or other drug coun­selling ser­vices at Grampians Com­mu­nity Health should not be im­me­di­ately con­fronted with signs show­cas­ing liquor deals.

He said although there were sev­eral other stores sell­ing pack­aged liquor in the area, they were not in the direct eye­line of a coun­selling ser­vice.

But Cr Grim­ble ar­gued On Tap Liquor Con­sult­ing ap­plied for a per­mit for the Hamilton Street ad­dress be­fore the two health ser­vices es­tab­lished them­selves in the street.

He said re­fus­ing the per­mit would send a mes­sage that Horsham was not open for busi­ness.

Mayor Pam Clarke said the new store would sell ‘high-end wines’.

“It will not be tar­get­ing young peo­ple, but a niche mar­ket,” she said.

“It will cre­ate em­ploy­ment and gen­er­ate eco­nomic growth.”

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