Dan Murphy's DA withdrawn

A development application for a super-sized Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet underneath Dendy Cinemas in the Byron Bay Plaza has been withdrawn.

 But Byron Council says the Woolworths-owned operation may lodge a fresh application once unresolved traffic issues, including those related to loading and unloading of liquor, are dealt with.

Council environment and planning executive manager Ray Darney said the issue was complicated by the fact the site, including the car park, had three separate owners, one of which was AMP.

Mr Darney said the council was concerned the consent of all property owners for the planned development had not been obtained, which the council believed was necessary.

He said the council also was waiting for a social impact assessment from Dan Murphy’s, which had been requested in March.

Once the council had expressed its concerns, the application was withdrawn last Wednesday, he said.

Woolworths community relations manager, corporate and public affairs, Simon Berger said the development application process was a rigorous one in which the council had requested detailed and specific information.

Mr Berger said the developer had temporarily withdrawn the application and would resubmit it as soon as the requested information was compiled. He said Dan Murphy’s was committed to working co-operatively with the community, council and the State Government.

“Dan Murphy’s has proven popular with even the most discerning customer, with a large range including premium and cellared wines as well as exclusive labels and a lowest-price guarantee,” Mr Berger said.

“Our track record of responsible sale of alcoholic beverages is second to none.

“We are committed to doing the right thing by customers and the community.”

Lodged more than six months ago, the Dan Murphy’s development application sought a $650,000 conversion of 1090sqm of retail space on the southern boundary of the plaza.

It attracted strong objections from existing liquor outlet operators and from Nicqui Yazdi, team leader of the Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative.

Ms Yazdi said allowing multinational liquor superstores such as Dan Murphy’s into Byron Bay would add to alcohol-related problems.

She said the availability of cheap alcohol was the number one reason behind alcohol-fuelled violence.

Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham questioned whether the town needed another liquor outlet.

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