Department denies claims

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

‘The Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor does not send out ‘forms’ to people intending to object to an application,’ a department spokesman said.

The Form 17 Notice of Objection was on the department’s website.

However at last month’s council meeting, resident Patricia Carmichael said she had been sent an incorrect form on which to object to the hotel’s December application to extend its trade from 10pm to midnight.

Mrs Carmichael claimed on-going issues with urination, noise and vandalism from pub patrons.

Drunks and noise prompted the council and John Street residents to monitor patrons for many years until hoteliers the Prendiville Group and 100 investors bought the pub in 2010 and replaced its notorious beer garden with The Beach Club last year.

Warnham Road resident Dougal McLay said the council should use a noise meter to close down the bar if its post-10pm private functions were too noisy.

Deputy Mayor Jack Walsh said results of a February 22 noise assessment of the hotel could not be provided until they were in a council document and a planned $15,000 noise meter was in the council budget for its use ‘soon’.

‘We can’t close (the bar down) just on noise, but if our metering says it’s too noisy we can certainly work to get the hours shortened if the Cottesloe Beach Hotel doesn’t do enough to get the noise down,’ Mr Walsh said.

On January 3, Director of Liquor Licensing Barry Sargeant renewed the hotel’s licence with 6am-midnight weekday trading, 10am-10pm on Sundays and post-10pm drinking in The Beach Bar on Sundays if it was a private function organised at least a day earlier.

Asked why the bar could trade from 10pm-midnight when residents most complained, the department’s spokesman said the decision was made ‘in the public interest as per the legislation’ and inspectors would ensure the licence’s conditions would be upheld.

He said a decision would be made on extended trading when all cases for and against the application had been considered.