City of Wanneroo loosens alcohol restrictions at Warradale Community Centre in Landsdale

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GROUPS regularly using Warradale Community Centre in Landsdale will be allowed to finish functions two hours later.

Wanneroo Council agreed to loosen restrictions on functions involving alcohol consumption at its August meeting.

The City introduced the restriction requiring functions involving alcohol consumption to finish by 9pm in 2003.

The change will allow events to finish at 11pm, with alcohol consumption to stop at 9pm for most events but groups will be permitted to have three bookings a year where drinking can continue to 11pm.

The 9pm restriction will remain in place for casual hirers and no “high risk” functions will be allowed at the centre.

The decision follows community consultation earlier this year, which included 129 responses to an online survey with 89 of those opposed to the restrictions and 40 supporting the existing restrictions.

Concerns related to the impact on residents if the restrictions were lifted, particularly noise and anti-social behaviour, as well as the impact on user groups and their fundraising activities.

In July, a focus group involving residents, Warradale Junior Football Club, Warradale Junior Cricket Club and Warradale Cricket Club met to find an agreeable solution.

Councillor Domenic Zappa said it was the only facility with “such stringent restrictions” in the City and the change would aid sporting clubs in their fundraising events.

Councillors praised the collaborative approach between residents and the clubs to reach a consensus.