Development application slammed

Byron United has slammed a development application for a Dan Murphy’s ‘super’ liquor store in Byron Bay, claiming it would have a huge impact on the town.

President Ed Ahern said that if the bottle shop was approved it would be a tragedy.

“Here we have another case of a multi-national company coming to town and taking the bread and butter off the mum and dad shops because it is these smaller shops that provide such a difference to the homogenised shopping experience,” he said.

“I hope that Byron Council applies the same strict conditions to this multi-national as it does to the small, local businessman.”

Last week Dan Murphy’s confirmed its interest in opening an outlet at Byron Bay.

The DA for the store was lodged with council before Christmas by the Gold Coast-based construction company Azura 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.

It’s expected that about 35 new jobs would be created.

Media relations manager corporate and public affairs Woolworths Limited Benedict Brook said that Dan Murphy’s would work hard to earn the support of the Byron community and looked forward to offering customers the very best in quality, range, expertise and value.

He said it would strive to uphold the highest standards of responsible service and its track record was second to none.

Long-time Byron Bay hotelier and bottle shop owner Tom Mooney said he would be very disappointed if council approved the DA.

“There are simply not enough car spaces in that area to cater for a massive new liquor store, as well as the already existing supermarket, restaurant, shops and cinema complex,” he said.

“Dan Murphy’s will pull customers from 100 kilometres away. Where are they are all going to park?”

Mr Mooney said the proposed new store would be bigger than all the six bottle shops that presently operated in Byron Bay. “I don’t think the location is suitable, being near the cinemas where a lot of young people congregate,” he said.

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