Plans by a floating delicatessen to sell liquor as part of its boat-to-boat service have been rejected by the liquor licensing authority.
The Dudley Park business Floatnshop has travelled waterways since last October selling items to boaters and residents living on the canals.
Then-owners Peter Leslie Banks and Wendy Jane Banks said there was a demand for them to supply alcohol.
But the authority said objectors had “valid concerns” about the availability of alcohol on the waterways; impulse buying opportunities; and the consumption of liquor in a risky environment”.
Mr Minchin said and the Banks’ submissions evidence and were “less than compelling”.
“I am of the view that the potential negative impact of the grant of the application outweighs the minor benefits which may be gained by some members of the community,” he said.
The Banks have since sold the business which continues to sell deli items.