AN application for a fourth bottle shop in Helensburgh has been refused by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.
Coles applied for a packaged liquor licence in July 2021 and encountered strong opposition from the local community.
The Authority’s Chairperson, Philip Crawford, said the Authority received around 300 public submissions and as a result a town hall meeting was organised to ensure the Authority fully understood community issues.
“The Coles Liquorland application received such an overwhelming response that it was incumbent upon the Authority to initiate further consultation,” Mr Crawford said.
“This meeting assisted us to understand and deliberate the issues at hand – in essence, the pros and cons.
“Submissions from members of the public and representatives of the community are examined along with factors such as population data, crime and health statistics and per capita alcohol availability,” Mr Crawford said.
“The Authority gave much consideration to this application and ultimately concluded that granting the licence would not be in the public interest, in that it would not satisfy the needs and expectations of the local community.”
The Authority’s full decision will be published on the Liquor & Gaming website.
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