Fremantle residents express objections to Aldi liquor licence application

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FREMANTLE residents have until April 5 to lodge any objections to the South Fremantle Shopping Centre Aldi store applying for a liquor licence.

The shopping centre already houses Dan Murphy’s and Liquorland.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said she had received half a dozen written complaints regarding the application.

“Many more complaints have been raised informally,” she said.

“The concentration of cheap box liquor outlets in the same centre is just not acceptable.

“I’m certainly not anti-alcohol but the concentration of cheap bulk outlets is a real problem for our community.”

Ms McGurk said if the application is deferred until the Liquor Bill goes before parliament, the community has a better chance of getting their voices heard.

An Aldi spokesman said as part of the application process they surveyed the local community who responded favourably in South Fremantle.

“Our stores do not carry any chilled alcohol products for immediate consumption and the range is confined to a delineated area, which is separate from everyday grocery lines,” he said.

“We observe all regulation for the purchase of alcohol, Aldi does not have a large format liquor store, with our liquor display area being only a quarter of the size of a standard liquor retail format.

“As a responsible and experienced retailer, Aldi strictly observes all regulations for the purchase of alcohol and we partner with DrinkWise Australia as part of this commitment.”

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