Fight against Aldi liquor 

MOUNT Hutton residents’ fight against an Aldi plan to sell liquor in the suburb could benefit from a Byron Bay precedent, a NSW Greens MP believes.

The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority denied an application last week for a Dan Murphy’s in Byron Bay, citing social effects.

The authority’s decision said the potential social effects of a new licensed premises had the potential to negatively affect the area, including adding to under-age drinking problems.

Greens MP John Kaye said the decision was a boost for opponents to the Mount Hutton plan.

‘‘The campaign to Aldi opening a liquor outlet in its [Mount Hutton] store ... has just received a shot in the arm,’’ Mr Kaye said.

‘‘Almost all of the arguments that caused the authority to reject Woolworth’s Byron Bay application apply equally, if not more strongly, to Aldi’s attempt to sell alcohol at its Mount Hutton store.’’

The Newcastle Herald reported last month that 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’’.

Residents have previously raised concerns with the Aldi liquor proposal including its location near a school.

Lake Macquarie City Council rejected a Woolworths bottle shop in the suburb in May with an 11-1 vote following strong opposition from residents.

An Aldi spokeswoman declined to comment yesterday. 

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