Vote to curb liquor shops

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and City of Bayswater Councillor Terry Kenyon. Picture: Lauren Pilat
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and City of Bayswater Councillor Terry Kenyon. Picture: Lauren Pilat

Councillor Terry Kenyon moved a motion limiting the development of liquor outlets of 300sqm or more to business, showroom warehouse, light industry and general industry zones. The motion included the need for all outlet planning applications to be subject to council approval.

Council voted 7-4 in support of the move, with Cr Kenyon declaring it was about looking after the community and its best interests.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker earlier this year called on Bayswater councillors to follow the lead of the Town of Victoria Park, and the cities of Subiaco and South Perth, in banning large liquor stores in residential areas and local centres.

Ms Baker said warehouse liquor outlets increased antisocial behaviour and street- drinking problems, so the move was a fantastic outcome for the people of Maylands.

�Together, this community has stood opposed to warehouse-style liquor stores for years, from First Choice to Dan Murphy�s,� she said. �I am glad the City of Bayswater has recognised the danger posed by warehouse-style liquor stores, and I am proud to have worked with the community to achieve this result.�

Ms Baker led the charge in stopping Coles develop a 1250sq m First Choice in 2010 on Guildford Road and is now fighting a 1000sq m Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy�s planned at Peninsula Tavern.

The Railway Parade Dan Murphy�s application was part of a $3.5 million refurbishment and received Development Assessment Panel approval in 2013, with a Liquor Commission hearing later this year.

Bayswater chief executive Francesca Lefante said despite changes to the planning scheme, the already DAP-|approved Dan Murphy�s development could go ahead if it received the necessary liquor licence.

Councillor Chris Cornish said the scheme amendment did not cease liquor outlet applications, but was about the city regaining control of where they were located.

Councillor John Rifici, former Rifo�s cafe owner, said he felt uncomfortable stopping commercial enterprise in the area.

Mayor Sylvan Albert, who voted against the motion, said city officers were preparing a report on scheme amendments for next month and it was best to wait until that was released.