Dan Murphy's confirms interest

Woolworths-owned liquor outlet Dan Murphy’s has confirmed its interest in opening an outlet at Byron Bay.

The confirmation comes after a story in last week’s Byron News that a development application for a massive liquor store under the Dendy Cinemas is presently before the Byron Shire Council.

The DA was lodged before Christmas by the Gold Coast-based construction company, Azzura Holdings Pty Ltd, which owns the property.

The application seeks a $650,000 conversion of most of the retail space on the southern border of the plaza complex from the Jonson Street frontage, including the big space once occupied by a video shop, into a 1090 square metre liquor store.

Media relations manager corporate and public affairs Woolworths Limited, Benedict Brook, said the process for establishing a liquor store consisted of two distinct applications – the development application which council considered on planning grounds and the subsequent liquor licence application which was considered by the Licensing Court of New South Wales and included an extensive social impact analysis.

He said that while there was strong evidence to suggest that most anti-social behaviour occurred around late-night entertainment venues rather than stores, Dan Murphy’s took its responsibility to the community very seriously.

“We strive to uphold the highest standards of responsible service and our track record is second to none,” Mr Brook said.

“Our teams receive extensive training and we have also pioneered a range of controls to deter under-age purchase and secondary supply.

“Dan Murphy’s also operates a rigorous ethical buying charter which prevents certain products ever reaching our shelves.”

It’s expected that about 35 new jobs would be created by the new Dan Murphy’s.

“Dan Murphy’s will work hard to earn support of the Byron community and looks forward to offering customers the very best in quality, range, expertise and value,” Mr Brook said.

Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham has questioned whether the towns needs another liquor outlet.

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