MAYLANDS Labor MP Lisa Baker has criticised Bayswater mayor Sylvan Albert—who ran against her as a Liberal candidate in 2013—for not attending a WA liquor commission hearing into Woolworths’ $3.5 million redevelopment of the Peninsula Tavern.
The development site is slap-bang in the middle of Cr Albert’s south ward, which he’s recontesting at this month’s council elections.
“It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the mayor did not make an appearance,” said Ms Baker, who spoke against the development at the hearing.
“This hearing was of great importance to the community, yet no one from the city attended.”
Cr Albert says he hadn’t attended because “the city was not invited”.
Ms Baker told commissioners there was a wealth of evidence to suggest that “a Dan Murphy’s will exacerbate all of the issues with crime and street drinking that Maylands residents, shop owners, and community leaders have been working so hard stamp out”.
“More than 60 per cent of the hundreds of residents we have called share the view that a Dan Murphy’s in Maylands is not in the public’s best interest.”
In June the council voted to ban liquor outlets bigger than 300sqm from its suburbs, but the decision was too late to apply to this application.
The liquor commission’s decision is expected soon.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK