D-day is dawning for bottleshop

D-DAY is approaching for the final decision on the controversial Dan Murphy's super bottleshop in Byron Bay.

The discount liquor chain's application is before the NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing and the opportunity for public submissions close this Friday.

Opponents are urging residents and community organisations to submit their objections soon, citing the potential for increased alcohol-related violence with plentiful cheap alcohol available in the party town.

The development will effectively double the available retail bottle shop space in the tourist town.

Byron Shire Council approved the development application in May 2011 for the super store under the Dendy Cinema in the CBD, but youth workers, residents and community and industry groups have vigorously opposed the development.

Youth worker and Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative team leader, Nicqui Yazdi, said Byron Bay already had 60 per cent more bottle shops per head-of-population than the NSW average and up to three times the level of weekend alcohol-related assaults.

Council's executive manager of corporate management Mark Arnold said staff would be making a submission to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

"As the development has been approved, council will be requiring that the business operates as per the development consent conditions," he said.

"Council had a role in approving the physical attributes of the building, signage, fire safety, car parking, stormwater and waste disposal facilities."

Executive manager of planning Ray Darney said part of Dan Murphy's application included a Social Impact Assessment which was assessed as part of the consent approval.


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