‘Make a decision’ – council told

A DISGRUNTLED Sale resident has called on Wellington Shire councillors to make the hard decisions, following council’s recent call to send the application for a Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet to an independent panel.

Council resolved at its December 18 meeting to request that the Planning Minister appoint an independent planning panel which will consider the nine submissions received in relation to the Dan Murphy’s rezoning and combined planning permit application.

While council decided to send the application for the liquor outlet, to be constructed on the corner of York and Cunninghame Sts, to the independent panel, Sale resident Bob Dillow called on councillors to make the hard decisions.

He said councillors should have resolved the issue, as that was what they were elected to do.

“They are sending the Dan Murphy’s (application) to an independent panel; is this panel free of charge or is it charged to council?” Mr Dillow said.

“If it is charged to council, the councillors should put in and pay; they are elected look after the welfare of Wellington.”

Mr Dillow said he believed there were already too many liquor outlets in Sale.

“It’s a basic trend, people will go there (discount liquor store),” he said.

“There will be loss of jobs at the pubs and clubs through loss of sales.

“I just won’t buy from there if they say it is okay to have it.”

A spokesperson for council said it was expected the business seeking approval would cover the costs of the independent panel in full.

“We expect that the Independent Planning Panel hearing will take place in the first quarter of 2013, though timeframes are yet to be confirmed,” the spokesperson said.