Traders unite against Moorebank liquor store

LONG-ESTABLISHED local businesses at Moorebank will be demolished to make way for a liquor store if a development application to open a Dan Murphy's on the site is approved.

The site proposed for the development backs onto a local school and is within metres of a community library.

The application to open the store is under review by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel.

Seven retail premises would be affected; some would be forced to cease trading.

Stan Davidson, the owner of Davo's on Nuwarra Italian restaurant, said there would be no retail space big enough at Moorebank to accommodate a business the size of his if he was forced to close.

He said his restaurant offered the community a place to get together in a social environment that also offered local employment.

"Their people have said they are going to offer choice, but what choice can they possibly offer if they are taking away seven variety stores to make way for one large liquor shop?" he said.

"No one wants another Dan Murphy's here. There is already one just six kilometres from this site in Casula and two liquor outlets within walking distance.

"There are also at least another six liquor outlets within a two-kilometre radius of our Nuwarra Road location."

Mr Davidson said the proposed site not only backed onto a primary school, but it was within 500 metres of four schools.

"And according to the application they submitted to council, it states that there will be two daily deliveries through that same back entrance that borders a school," he said.

If the development is approved, tenants will have three months to vacate their shops.

A spokeswoman for Woolworths, owners of Dan Murphy's, said it had not received expressions of community concern.

"Our analysis of the trade area indicates that the market is of sufficient size to support the proposed store," she said.

"We take our responsibility to the local community very seriously and strive to be the most responsible retailer of alcohol.

"We consider a variety of factors when selecting a store site and feel this site will best serve the community."

The spokeswoman said if the development was approved, it would bring benefits in the form of improved choice, range, and value, as well as jobs.

"The process of applying for a liquor licence is detailed and requires thorough community consultation with all residents and stakeholders," she said.

"Anyone who has concerns can express them during this process and the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority will make its decision on the basis of the evidence put before it."

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