Liquor store stirs discontent

Leslie Vanstan and Janet Lithgo show support for the proposed Dan Murphy’s development at the recent Special Electors’ Meeting.
Leslie Vanstan and Janet Lithgo show support for the proposed Dan Murphy’s development at the recent Special Electors’ Meeting.

This was the question South Perth resident Leslie Vanstan asked the crowd at South Perth Community Hall last week for a Special Electors’ Meeting, called to discuss the development application concerning the Como Hotel.

Although she was met with silence, there were people in the crowd associated with neighbouring liquor outlets.

About 60 people attended the meeting, most of them opposing the application, which includes replacing the existing liquor store with a Dan Murphy’s.

They passed a motion that said the community oppose the development and that they request the applicant to withdraw their application.

Members of the Save Como Action Group spoke of their concerns of what they said would be a ‘barn.’

Concerns included noise, traffic and increase of negative effects of alcohol on the community.

Graham Kew, of Como, said he spent a Friday afternoon at the Hyde Park Dan Murphy’s to observe customers and the carpark.

‘People came from far and wide to do their shopping. There was chaos in the parking lot,’ he said.

He said he witnessed aggravation out the front of the store and in the carpark.

South Perth resident Michael Lee said he was likely to be most impacted by the development as he lives opposite the site but was all for it.

‘Yeah we get traffic noise’