POLL: Aldi liquor outlet fight 

They are campaigning against Aldi’s plan to sell alcohol in its Mount Hutton store, following their victory in stopping a Woolworths bottle shop.

Aldi’s application to the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing said a ‘‘well-managed liquor store forming part of, or adjoining, a supermarket was less likely to have negative social effects’’.

The application follows Aldi gaining state approval to sell liquor at its stores at Hamilton, Cooks Hill, Belmont, Cardiff, Cessnock, Raymond Terrace, East Maitland, Rutherford and Muswellbrook.

Mount Hutton Public School P&C Association president Paula Greentree alleged Aldi had ‘‘failed to consult the community and produced no evidence to show the bottle shop won’t have a negative effect’’.

Ms Greentree said no parent wants ‘‘a cut-price bottle shop, selling beer for $1 a can’’ close to a school.

Mount Hutton resident Jane Oakley urged the state government to suspend Aldi liquor licence applications until the liquor office completed its investigation into the effects of alcohol-outlet density.

A Woolworths BWS bottle shop planned at Mount Hutton was rejected in May with an 11-1 vote at Lake Macquarie City Council, following strong opposition from residents.

Ms Greentree said the Aldi supermarket was ‘‘just metres from the proposed BWS store’’.

The council will not get a vote on the Aldi plan because it does not require a development application.

Aldi’s application to the liquor office said its Mount Hutton plan involved selling alcohol in a 30-square metre area inside its store.

‘‘No more than 100 lines of liquor will be sold, which is substantially less than a typical liquor store,’’ it said.

The liquor sales area would open during normal supermarket trading hours.

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