$2.1m liquor and retail plan for Strathalbyn

Matthew WoodleyGeraldton Guardian
The site of the proposed liquor store and retail development.
Camera IconThe site of the proposed liquor store and retail development. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

The City of Greater Geraldton is seeking public comment on a proposed $2.1 million development slated for one of the main entry points into Strathalbyn.

Stage one of the development, which would include a 1165sqm bottle shop and tavern, is planned for the corner of Place Road and Hibbertia Street, and could eventually form part of a bigger retail area planned for that site.

The proposed tavern and bottle shop in Strathalbyn is yet to receive a liquor licence so it is unclear what their operating hours will be.

However, the proponents claim the proposal and its uses broadly align with a previously approved development application and liquor license that have subsequently lapsed.

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The tavern is expected to have a capacity of 180 people, with the proposal stating the owners would be attempting to create a “family friendly atmosphere with a focus on bistro dining”.

Meanwhile, the size of the proposed bottle shop is only 165sqm, significantly smaller than the planned 1417sqm Wintersun Hotel BWS upgrade and 1200sqm Con’s Liquor Geraldton.

Both of those proposals drew objections from local politicians and progress associations with regard to their size, location and opening hours.

It is also unclear what the other commercial tenancies included in the proposal would be, but should it go ahead the entire stage one site will cover an area of 2165sqm.

Public submissions on the development application, which can be found on the City’s website, will be accepted until January 24.

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