Nicqui Yazdi.
Nicqui Yazdi.

Call for residents to say no to liquor superstore

NICQUI Yazdi knows only too well the impact of alcohol and drugs on young people.

Which is why the Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative (BUDDI) community drug action team leader is calling on concerned residents to make one final objection to Dan Murphy’s opening a liquor superstore at Byron Bay.

Ms Yazdi said most people believed they had lost the fight to stop Dan Murphy’s opening in the town.

“This just isn’t the case.

‘‘They do not have their licence to operate yet and even though Byron Council passed their DA, we still have a chance to just say no to Dan Murphy’s in Byron Bay,” she said.

Ms Yazdi said the potential impact of Dan Murphy’s in Byron Bay could be devastating on the future of the town and particularly on young people.

“Byron Bay already has a massive problem with underage drinking,” she said.

“Stores like these sell alcohol at ridiculously low prices and the availability of cheap alcohol is one of the leading causes of the problems of young people and risky alcohol consumption.

“The opportunity to object to Dan Murphy’s proposed store in Byron Bay, as part of their own Community Impact Survey (CIS), closes on August 8,” Ms Yazdi said.

“We would like to urge all those in the Byron community, who object to this business coming to Byron Bay, to please fill in the CIS survey form and place their objections.”

Ms Yazdi said a CIS was prepared by a potential applicant for a liquor licence or a licence-related authorisation and was a summary of consultation between the applicant and the local community about any issues and concerns with a proposed application.

She said a link to a printable version of the survey form to object to the proposed Dan Murphy’s store in Byron Bay could be found at www.bsv.com.au/cis-survey-printable.

There also would be another opportunity to object once Dan Murphy’s lodged their application to obtain their licence with the Office for Liquor, Gaming and Racing, she said.

This objection would be lodged as an electronic file and would comprise letters from the community and position statements from local businesses, community groups and organisations.

Over the next few weeks local businesses would be visited and asked to write their own position statement, outlining how they believed the proposed Dan Murphy’s store would impact on their business and also on the Byron Bay community.

Ms Yazdi said there also would be new petitions going into Byron Bay bottleshops.

Residents who want to write a letter of objection to be added to the file that will be sent into the Office for Liquor, Gaming & Racing once the licence application goes in, can be emailed to buddiyouthteam@yahoo.com.au, mailed to BUDDI-CDAT, PO Box 64 Byron Bay, 2481, or you can drop them into the Byron Youth Activities Centre, 1 Gilmore Crescent.


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