Maylands: survey to be used in fight against Dan Murphy’s proposal

Maylands: survey to be used in fight against Dan Murphy’s proposal

THE fight against a proposed Dan Murphy’s liquor store in Maylands has continued after a survey was launched last month to provide evidence at an upcoming WA Liquor Commission hearing.

In 2016, the commission rejected Woolworths’ Australian Leisure Hospitality (AHL) liquor license application for a $3.5 million 1200sq m bottle shop and small tavern at Maylands’ Peninsula Tavern site.

Woolworths appealed the decision in the Supreme Court in October and the matter will now return to the commission on December 12.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker launched the survey on June 28 and will send the results to the commission by August 1.

Ms Baker said about 300 people responded to the survey, with 72.7 per cent responding the barn would not add to the amenity of Maylands and 81 per cent saying they had access to the range and price of alcohol they needed.

“Hundreds of residents have told me they don’t want or need a Woolworths takeaway grog shop in our residential village precinct,” she said.

“We reject the idea of a greatly expanded cheap liquor outlet because it will increase antisocial behaviour and have a negative impact on ‘at-risk’ people in Maylands.

“It will add nothing new to the amenity of our village; just more alcohol.”

Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association president Elli Petersen-Pik encouraged every interested resident, for or against the plan, to have their say.

“The survey is a great opportunity to go back to the community and assess if there’s still a strong appetite to renew the fight against the proposed development,” he said.

“We look forward to seeing the results.”

Mr Petersen-Pik will run for the City of Bayswater’s south ward seat, which Councillor John Rifici will be retiring from in October.

Other candidates include Kate Thomson, who is part of the Maylands place making group and Robyn Walsh, who is part of the No Houses in Wetlands group.

Take the survey here.

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