Dubbo City Council has received six objections to a $200,000 proposal for a drive-in bottle shop at the Myall Street shopping centre.
Council is unable to release details of the objections, but Buninyong Public School and the Apollo House community centre have openly stated their opposition to the development.
Council’s environmental services director Melissa Watkins said the submission period for the development had closed, but late lodgements could still be made.
“We’ve had half a dozen submissions so far – we’re able to take late submissions up until Christmas, we just need people to let us know,” Ms Watkins said.
The proposal to build a bottle shop in the middle of the East Dubbo residential and educational precinct has led to strident opposition from some quarters.
The principal of Buninyong Public, Glen Morrison, said putting a bottle shop in front of a school could have a “profound impact” on the area.
Representatives of the nearby Apollo House community centre had also expressed outrage that a liquor outlet could be placed in their vicinity.
Apollo House volunteer Michelle Doolan said the mainly housing commission area near the Myall Street shops had a large Aboriginal population.
Ms Doolan said making it easier for local residents to buy alcohol could lead to an escalation of crime levels and domestic violence in the area.
If the bottle shop development passes council’s planning process, it will then face a second assessment under liquor licensing criteria.
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