Local MP concerned about cut-price liquor

Local MP concerned about cut-price liquor

State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk is concerned about an application from ALDI to include a bottle shop in their new South Fremantle store.

A number of ALDI stores in the metropolitan area are already selling liquor as cheap as $2.79 for a bottle of wine.

The Douro Road shopping complex currently houses Dan Muphy’s and Liquorland, with other outlets a short distance away.

Ms McGurk said she is confronted daily with the damaging effects of alcohol abuse in her role as the Minister for Child Protection and the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence. She’s concerned about yet another discount liquor store with prices which would appeal to problem drinkers.

Earlier this week, inspired by the spread of cut-price liquor, Health Minister Roger Cook flagged the idea of a floor price on alcohol to curtail abuse.

ALDI’s development application will be considered by Council’s planning committee on 4 October.

“There is an established relationship between easy access to discount liquor and the exacerbation of problems associated with alcohol abuse,” said State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“Rejection of this application is an opportunity for council to send a message that it will do what it can to reduce the extent of anti-social behaviour by limiting the number of outlets selling cut-price liquor.”