A proposed Dan Murphys in East Nowra has been met with protest from members of the community. Source: rajordan.com.au

A local community group has expressed concerns over the proposal for a discount liquor outlet to open in East Nowra.

Woolworths have submitted an application to open a Dan Murphys bottle shop that was been rejected by Shoalhaven Council on May 17.

Woolworths have appealed the decision, and the case will be taken before a special hearing in the Land and Environment court.

Members of the East Nowra Community Forum will voice their concern to the Land and Environment court, as they believe the location of the Dan Murphys will put a strain on a part of the city that has a high rate of drug and alcohol problems.

Judith Reardon from the forum told ABC Illawarra that giving access to cheap alcohol in the proposed location could make the current social trends in the area worse.

“We’re not raising objections to there being a Dan Murphys outlet in the Shoalhaven, what we’re raising objection to is it being placed in quite a vulnerable community.”

Shoalhaven Council were unable to comment on the matter while it is before the Land and Environment court, but referred to the notice of determination of development application issued to Woolworths.

The refusal states that the proposed development was rejected because it will have an unacceptable social impact, it is not in the public interest and it is contrary to the objectives of the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan.

The Land and Environment court hearing has begun in Sydney today and a result is expected in the coming days.

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