62 Newcombe St, Portarlington 3223, VIC

Packaged Liquor Licence

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  1. Leigh Tweedie commented

    Not in favour of yet another alcohol outlet in this central area of Portarlington. We already have the Grand Hotel about to undergo an impressive upgrade, Woolworth BWS, and Portavino wine bar all in close proximity.

  2. Jim B commented

    I strongly object to the selling of packaged liquor from this retail premises. Portarlington has sufficient outlets already from packaged liquor may be purchased, including the local Woolworths.

    Dan Murphy’s is only 18 minutes drives and there are numerous places only 10 minutes away in Drysdale.

    This premises is also around 1km from Portarlington Primary School and on a major walking route for school children.

    Portarlington is primarily a tourist town and tourist do not visit solely to purchase packaged alcohol, whereas a different type of business may better support the towns needs.

    Build it and they will come...but we do not need it or want it.

  3. Geoff Henderson commented

    I'm not in favour. There are plenty of alcohol outlets close by.

  4. loz commented

    I object to the issue of selling package liquor. We currently have within walking distance of each other 7 places where you can purchase alcohol. Package liquor can be purchased from the major supermarket and elsewhere. After hours sale of liquor could create social problems and increase underage drinking if not managed properly.

  5. Ned Hoskin commented

    I object to the use of this site for the sale of packaged alcohol on the following basis :
    1. There is absolutely no parking near the entry so clients will be forced to walk the street carrying boxes of alcohol along the crowded footpath.
    2. The town has sufficient alcohol outlets including those that benefit the area by selling local product.
    3. The building should be containing a business that is beneficial to the town, which this will not be.
    4. The building has historic interest which will be diminished by this kind of use.

  6. Ian Whitehead commented

    Let's look at a few facts and figures. Portarlington currently has 24 permanent Liquor licenses and 5 active temporary licenses, according to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation..There are 18 wineries listed by Google maps as being on the Bellarine Peninsula. There are many opportunities to consume alcohol, in fact it is widely encouraged and so deeply entrenched in the culture here that we have lost sight of the consequences. Will another packaged alcohol outlet make a difference? I think it would be wrong to add more. The town I've known and loved for decades doesn't have the infrastructure to cope with the damage from excessive alcohol use. Police resources are not available to cope with the problems, particularly in peak tourist season. Parking has become a big issue, and as noted elsewhere, underage drinking is potentially a problem. I've already seen evidence of underage purchasing of alcohol at an existing outlet. So, I do not support the application.

  7. Elizabeth Turner commented

    What is good for our town and the folk who call it home is ignored. Only planning rules and regulations seem to count. With our small population, predominately retirees, we don't need another bottle shop. Our supermarket prices are already excellent so this will not create competition. Very limited parking. Not comfortable about the message this will send to folk thinking of moving here. I object to the application.

  8. Diane Kolomeitz commented

    We are trying to maintain/give our town an identity and I do NOT believe this is the one the townspeople want or need. The location is one that could be used to much better effect. It is a large space with history, in the centre of town, that could accommodate many other facilities, such as restaurants or galleries, rather than another liquor outlet. Such an outlet is completely unnecessary in a town of this size that already has ready access to alcohol.

  9. Sally Nielsen commented

    Why is the new tenant moving into the property if it has not yet been approved?

    This is a beautiful historic venue in the centre of the Main Street with beautiful views to the pier and bay and opposite the kindergarten.

    The town needs alternative hospitality, retail options to entice and cater for locals and tourists. What a waste of opportunity to fill this space with an alcohol distributor.

    It may be worth speaking to the police about data regarding alcohol induced deaths they attend in this little town or the primary school re: alcohol induced domestic violence impacts.

    COVID is having a major impact on communities allow small towns to develop without bowing to the major supermarket chains. There are enough alcohol distributors in this small town.

    Let’s see if this is true community engagement. Considering shelving and renovations have already started it seems not.

  10. Wendy Quill commented

    This is the wrong place for a liquor outlet right kin the middle of the
    Main Newcombe St. with no parking spaces in front of it.Portarlington has sufficient liquor stores in town and does not require another in front of the kindergarten.

  11. Sally Nielsen commented

    Why is the new tenant moving into the property if it has not yet been approved?

    This is a beautiful historic venue in the centre of the Main Street with beautiful views to the pier and bay and opposite the kindergarten.

    The town needs alternative hospitality, retail options to entice and cater for locals and tourists. What a waste of opportunity to fill this space with an alcohol distributor.

    It may be worth speaking to the police about data regarding alcohol induced deaths they attend in this little town or the primary school re: alcohol induced domestic violence impacts.

    COVID is having a major impact on communities allow small towns to develop without bowing to the major supermarket chains. There are enough alcohol distributors in this small town.

    Let’s see if this is true community engagement. Considering shelving and renovations have already started it seems not.

  12. Helen commented

    I generally support all the comments that oppose having another liquor outlet in Portarlington.
    Facts about numbers of outlets in the area for purchase of liquor, the location and associated traffic issues , the community concern about alcohol related issues and the type of community that many want to continue living are reasons for my strong opposition.

  13. Sue Aspinall commented

    I strongly oppose the granting of a packaged liquor licence at the proposed premises on the main street of Portarlington. I opposed the original application when it was submitted to the City of Greater Geelong, and I continue to oppose it for the reasons I outlined in my earlier submission. My reasons were:
    There are already packaged liquor outlets in the main shopping precinct of Portarlington eg Woolworths supermarket, and the Grand Hotel. There is also the boutique wine store Portovino. All of these are located close the the proposed premises, therefore obviating the need for another outlet.

    Additionally there are many wineries in the area where wines can be purchased at the cellar doors. There are also boutique breweries and spirit makers. All the existing liquor outlets should be supported, without another chain outlet being permitted to open in Portarlington.

    Parking is another issue of concern - such an outlet in the main street will exacerbate this, and increase traffic movement as it will be fast turnaround traffic using this outlet.

    There is also the potential for public nuisance associated with the sale of packaged liquor in the main precinct if it encourages the uncontrolled consumption of liquor in public spaces.

    Both permanent residents of Portarlington and those who visit for a day or longer are already well served for the purchase of alcohol to "take away". WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE.

    Moreover, if the application is still pending, how is it that there is a sign on the door of the proposed premises seeking staff for the liquor outlet? Or must we assume that the seeking of comments on this proposal is an "empty gesture"?

  14. Leah Billeam commented

    Liquor licences for restaurants are intended for consumption of liquor on the premises with the meal... a licence to take away is inconsistent with this premise and is not necessary or desirable given the no. of available outlets in the area

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