City opposed to liquor store

Mayor Sue Doherty put forward a motion during last week�s council agenda meeting to lodge a submission with the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor requesting that the Dan Murphy�s application be advertised for public comment.

The motion included a proposed budget of $20,000 to appoint lawyers to prepare grounds for an objection letter to be sent to the Department.

Some councillors at last week�s meeting questioned City of South Perth CEO Cliff Frewing about the figure of $20,000 to which Mr Frewing replied that figure is based on his experience in these matters.

�To prepare a compliant submission, you need legal brains which can cost $400 an hour, which can be one week�s work for lawyers. It may cost less, it may cost more but we owe it to the community to put in the best submission we can,� he said.

The Dan Murphy�s development application was approved by JDAP on April 17 this year in a three to two vote.

Councillor Kevin Trent said he hoped for the backing of the community in regards to the mayor�s motion.

�I hope the Save Como Action Group can get numbers on a petition,� Mr Trent said.

The motion will be discussed at this week�s council meeting.