Maylands residents to rally against liquor store

Maylands residents to rally against liquor store

MAYLANDS residents plan to rally against the creation of a Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet on the date of its Supreme Court liquor licence appeal.

On Thursday, Woolworths’ Australian Leisure Hospitality (ALH) will appeal against the WA Liquor Commission’s refusal to grant an extended liquor licence for a $3.5 million bottle shop and small tavern at the Maylands Peninsula Tavern site.

Commission chairman Seamus Rafferty released a 26-point document stating his support for the licence, a decision that was overruled in February by his two fellow commissioners.

It is understood ALH will use these reasons in a bid to overturn the refusal in the Supreme Court.

Residents’ concerns about the development include an increase in anti-social behaviour, its location in a residential area and on a railway line, and the existence of six bottle shops within a 1km radius.

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A community rally led by Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and the Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association will aim to send a “strong message” to the court.

Ms Baker said the community did not want the 1000sq m plus cheap alcohol outlet in a small residential area.

“We thought it was appropriate to draw attention to the fact that the community does not want this in their backyard,” she said.

“I can’t (be present at the appeal) because I’m not a barrister and the community can’t because we can’t afford to pay a barrister to go and represent our legal argument. This is how these huge retailers eventually beat the community down.”

The WA Police and Department of Health will be present at the Supreme Court hearing.