VANDALISM, littering and public drunkenness will not dramatically increase if a new bottle shop opens, a licence applicant says.
This is one of many arguments put forward by bottle-shop chain Liquorland in a push to open a new store next to Coles Supermarket at Lighthouse Plaza.
But submissions from local residents and police will be considered by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), during a mandatory 30-day public submission period, before a decision is made.
Owner of Cellarbrations bottle shop at Lighthouse Beach Neighbourhood Shopping Centre, Glenn Scott, plans to do all he can to stop the new store from opening.
Mr Scott plans to send his own objection, along with dozens of letters from residents against the application.
Opportunities for increased littering, vandalism and public drunkenness “appear limited”, according to Liquorland’s 73-page community impact statement for the packaged liquor licence.
These issues aside, Mr Scott said the population growth in the area cannot support a third bottle shop.
There were inaccuracies in Liquorland’s population estimate, he said.
The population for Lighthouse Beach and Greenmeadows used is based on a predicted growth of almost 500 people from 2006.
Mr Scott believes the area has grown by less than half that number.
“We’re becoming saturated with liquor outlets.
Our population density is much lower here than around the CBD,” Mr Scott said.
Liquorland is part of Wesfarmers’ Coles division which operates 2231 food, liquor and convenience outlets in Australia including Liquorland.
NSW Police Mid-North Coast Licensing department also has supplied a statement for consideration by a NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), which recommends an existing licence be re-located rather than a new one issued.
A petition signed by more than 600 residents, in response to Liquorland’s initial expression of interest, was sent to the NSW Government last year and another 30-page petition to the OLGR two weeks ago.
The application and community impact statement is at olgr.nsw.gov.au and open to public feedback until July 17.