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Police fears stop alcohol superstore
Rejected: Police fears stopped new alcohol superstore. Picture: Greg Burke/ The West Australian

The Liquor Commission has rejected an application by retail giant Woolworths for an alcohol superstore - only 6km away from its nearest store - after police submitted evidence showing existing alcohol-related crime in the area.

The proposed Dan Murphy's store in the Joondalup Gate centre in Edgewater would have occupied 1128sqm of sales and display space.

In its decision, the Liquor Commission said there were 12 other liquor outlets in the Joondalup area, including a Dan Murphy's store in Currambine, 6.1km away from the proposed site, and a Woolworths Liquor outlet to the immediate north in the Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre.

Police said in a submission there was already existing alcohol-related harm occurring within the area of the proposed premises.

They said they had attended 25 incidents within a 300m radius of the Edgewater site in 2011.

Police said they did not support the application because there were sufficient liquor outlets in the area and "if the application were to be granted, it would likely negatively impact on the amenity of the locality".

However, the Liquor Commission conceded that Dan Murphy's liquor outlets were well managed and have "adequate, well documented and entrenched harm minimisation policies which to a big extent mirror the conditions suggested by the intervener (the police)".

Those conditions included CCTV surveillance and mandatory training in the responsible service of alcohol.

Two other applications for Dan Murphy's stores in Cockburn and Bicton were rejected by the Liquor Commission, echoing similar concerns by police about whether the stores were in the public interest.

When Woolworths applied for the Edgewater licence in 2011, it described the outlet as a "destination" liquor store, the same description it applied to its Currambine store.

The destination tag implies the store will draw customers from a geographically wide area.

The commission found the addition of another destination liquor store would significantly increase outlet density which was associated with the harmful consumption of alcohol.

A Dan Murphy's spokesman said it was not in a position to discuss the possibility of an appeal because it was still reviewing the decision.

The West Australian

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