24-hour pub to be 'family friendly'

RESIDENTS have nothing to fear from a pub proposed for Casula, say the owners of the site.

Locals have opposed the construction of the hotel, mooted for the current site of the Fontaine Bleau Inn on the Hume Highway. They said it would lead to an increase in street violence in the residential suburb.

Peter De Angelis, owner of the site and several other pubs in the area including the Moorebank Hotel and the Green Valley Hotel, said his organisation had listened to residents' concerns and would be holding an information day this Saturday, April 26, to allay their fears.

"We'll have an architect and several consultants there to answer all of the community concerns," Mr De Angelis said.

He said his goal was to create a family atmosphere at the hotel.

"We won't have any live entertainment; no bands, no DJs.

"We're not looking to create a loud, rowdy atmosphere.

"Our goal is to create a family-friendly feeling at the hotel and we will be catering for those people that want to enjoy a quality meal, a quiet drink and maybe a few games on the pokies."

Criss Moore, founder of the Casula Community Group for Responsible Planning, said the majority of residents of the suburb were opposed to the pub.

"This is a residential area — some houses are less than five metres away from this site," Ms Moore said.

She said the site was also less than 200 metres from Casula Public School.

"Children walk home past there and they shouldn't be exposed to excessive alcohol consumption and the antisocial behaviour and violence that goes along with it."

However, Mr De Angelis said most children walk through Gibson Pathway and did not need to walk past the front of the hotel.

He said even though the licence the hotel would be operating under was a 24-hour one, the pub would not be open around the clock.

"It will [close] for a mandatory six hours each day other than Sunday when we will be closed for 10 hours.

"We're not applying for a new licence; we will be relocating this licence from the New Commercial Hotel, near Liverpool station, which we also own."

The information day is from 10am to 2pm, Moorebank Hotel, corner Stockton and Dredge avenues, Moorebank.

Liverpool's liquor licences

Casula residents opposed to the pub have argued that there are too many liquor licences in the Liverpool local government area in proportion to the size of the population.

A spokesman for the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority said there were 147 licences in the area, two of which were granted in the last financial year.

He said there were 11 clubs, 13 hotels, 56 restaurants, one nightclub, three bars and 36 bottle shops and online liquor sales licences and 16 producer/wholesaler licences.

He said no new 24-hour liquor licences could be granted.

"A daily six-hour closure period applies to all new liquor licences and new extended trading authorisations granted from October 30, 2008 onwards," he said.

"Liquor licences with 24-hour trading approved prior to this date do not have to comply with the daily six-hour closure requirement. In Liverpool LGA there are 19 such licences with the last one approved on March 16, 2000."

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