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"... 'How can we help make it safe,
how can we look after you?', rather
than the blanket 'no' objections."
and submit detailed architectural and engineering plans to them.
Anthony -- planning to open a "friendly neighbourhood small bar" for a
maximum of 120 people on an existing restaurant site -- found himself having
to meet the same requirements as a large block of holiday flats nearby, notify-
ing neighbours, taking out ads in the paper and being available 24 hours a day
to take calls from the public.
His plans went back and forth to council several times; he had to put in a
new door, extra toilets and a kitchen and for a while it looked like he might
have to dig some sort of underground tunnel to install a fire escape.
In the end he had to provide an architect s report (costing $20,000) to
confirm that the building (which had operated as a cafe for many years) met
the building code of Australia.
Dan says for a while it seemed that applications before council and
licensing would be able to run at the same time, but from July last year, Mr
Sargeant advised that he needed a council certificate first. That means more
time is involved, and time means money.
As well as possibly paying lawyers, getting plans drawn and surveys done,
applicants must pay rent or mortgages on premises they cannot -- and possibly
may not ever -- use, as well as forgoing potential business and income.
Tony van Merwyk points out that the director s policy to require council
approval first seems to fly in the face of the State Government s push to reduce
duplication and cut timelines.
"The government is all about trying to ensure parallel approvals processing
but this is sequential," he says.
He reckons we should have one central decision-making body where the
liquor licensing authorities, local government, the police and any other inter-
ested parties could all make submissions. All objections should be heard and
handled early in the process to weed out objections with little merit.
James and Patrick Ryan agree that some sort of forum where everyone gets
together early would be very helpful.
"If the police, the health department and Racing and Gaming meet with the
applicants right at the beginning, they could get some sort of agreement in a posi-
tive way, rather than just putting in objections," Patrick says. "How can we help
make it safe, how can we look after you, rather than just a blanket no objection."
One of the biggest hurdles is parking. Despite being located right next to
a big beach car park and a multi-storey carpark that is virtually empty most
of the time -- and which he already pays land tax for -- Anthony was told he
would have to find more bays or pay between $150,000 and $400,000. By the
skin of his teeth Anthony got this ruling overthrown after lobbying Stirling s
councillors -- but only if he reduced his numbers to 100 patrons.
It was council parking requirements that cost Kate Lamont the most when she
applied for a tavern licence at her Cottesloe wine store and restaurant. But she
believes these sorts of requirements are an anachronism.
"The requirements around toilets and parking are disconnected to the
realities of patrons requirements in a contemporary society such as ours," she
says. Indeed, she says, for all the fuss made by councils about such things as
toilets, there are days when hers are hardly used.
"These sorts of regulations really need to be contemporised," she says.
Dan says he d personally like to see councils take a more open approach to
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