Spike in Boroondara liquor licences

BOROONDARA residents have approved every liquor licence application since June 2004.

Between March 2010 and December last year, all 19 liquor licence applications for cafes and restaurants were granted by the City of Boroondara

A decade earlier, between 2000 and 2002, only two businesses applied for a liquor licence. Both were denied when the majority of residents voted against them.

Eight liquor licences were approved in 2010, six in 2011 and five in 2012. One liquor licence has been applied for and approved this year.

Cafes and restaurants in Camberwell account for the majority of applications with 17 licences approved since 2005.

Since 2003, nine licences have been approved for Balwyn, four in Surrey Hills, three in Balwyn North, two each in Ashburton and Canterbury and one in Deepdene.

Liquor Licensing Polls

Unlike other municipalities in Melbourne, a large band of Boroondara from Ashburton to Balwyn North is considered a dry area.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) describes dry areas as neighbourhoods where a liquor license will not be granted “until a vote is conducted by electors in the neighbourhood of the proposed licensed premises”.

Voting is compulsory for residents who live within a certain distance of the business which has made the application.

The dry area of Boroondara is bordered by Burke Rd, Warrigal Rd, Gardiners Creek to the south and Koonung Creek to the north.

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