291 George Street Waterloo NSW 2017

Section 8.2(1)(a) Review of determination of the refusal for fitout and use of an approved shop as a retail liquor store with proposed trading hours of 9.00am – 10.00pm Mondays to Sundays inclusive.The proposed trading hours for this Division 8.2(1)(a) Reivew are 10.00am – 7.00pm Sundays to Wednesdays inclusive, 10.00am – 8.00pm Thursday, and 10.00am – 9.00pm Fridays to Saturdays inclusive.

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website about 2 months ago. It was received by them 3 days earlier.

(Source: City of Sydney, reference RD/2018/715/A)

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  1. Alexa Wyatt commented

    As a long term resident of the area I strongly support the refusal of this application. Regardless of what may have existed on the site several years ago, it is beyond irresponsible to open another retail liquor outlet in an area with a statistically high rate of residents with substance abuse issues. The supporting documents claiming the lack of social impact are breath taking in their simplicity and disingenuous arguments, such as suggesting that staff at the bottle shop developing a rapport with local customers will lead to harm minimisation. The staff are there to sell liquor to customers, is the applicant honestly suggesting they will refuse to do so? It is ludicrous to suggest that retail staff can suddenly occupy social work roles and functions. Nor are the following statements justifications" "...more general contributions of alcohol providing a social lubricant for communities. For better or worse, alcohol has a central place in Australian society". As the same document argues, the presence of numerous other liquor outlets nearby therefore precludes the need for another. Relying on statistics of domestic violence and assault related to alcohol ignores all the other social impacts created - the health issues related to excessive alcohol consumption and dependency, the mental health impacts of people with these issues and their families, the impact this has on employment and education opportunities, which in turn can lead to welfare dependency and the vicious cycle of poverty that creates. None of the documents arguing against the refusal even mention these broader issues yet they are just as profound and significant as assault statistics.

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