Maylands: WA Liquor Commission refuses Dan Murphy’s liquor license after a five-year saga

Concerned Maylands residents ahead of the Liquor Commission hearing into a license for a Dan Murphy’s at the Peninsula Tavern site. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Concerned Maylands residents ahead of the Liquor Commission hearing into a license for a Dan Murphy’s at the Peninsula Tavern site. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE WA Liquor Commission has refused Dan Murphy’s liquor license application at the Peninsula Tavern site in Maylands.

In April 2018, the Commission held a hearing into Woolworths’ Australian Leisure Hospitality (AHL) liquor license application for a $3.5 million 1200sq m bottle shop and small tavern in Maylands.

The Commission handed down its refusal of the alteration and redefinition of the Peninsula Tavern today, which means the proposal will not go ahead.

The Commission was of the view that, there would be a potentially significant increase in the level of harm and ill-health, if the application was granted.

Another reason for refusal was that the area, which was near the train station and Maylands commercial centre, experienced a high level of street drinking.

The majority of the members supported the refusal except chairman Seamus Rafferty.

In April 2017, the WA Supreme Court ordered the Commission to review its decision.

The Commission previously rejected the application in 2016.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, the City of Bayswater, Maylands Residents and Ratepayers Association and many residents objected to the license for more than five years.

Ms Lisa Baker thanked the community who have fought for this decision.

“It feels extremely gratifying that all of the work, the effort and the passion from this community has paid off in the Liquor Commission’s decision,” she said.

“They will be greatly relieved that they can actually look forward to something more suitable being built.

“Let’s hope we can get a better use on that valuable lot – something that fits with the residential and heritage nature that you find in that part of Maylands.”

Ms Baker said she was yet to know if there was any other right of review.

Ms Baker said the State Government’s proposed liquor reforms had gone through Parliament but more details about the regulations were pending.

“The intent of what we have been trying to do to give more of a balanced view to the placement of these huge takeaway liquor stores is reflected in this decision,” she said.

The proposed reforms would give Tourism WA equal weight when considering license applications and strike the balance between responsible liquor consumption and transforming the tourism and hospitality industry.