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Chance to air concerns

Friday, 14th August, 2009

By Gayle Hogan

The couple behind a proposed new business venture next to the famous Silverton Hotel will address the concerns of its opponents at a public meeting in the city today.

It is understood the licensee of the Silverton Hotel, Jo Casey along with her husband Chris Fraser, plan to turn the building they erected next to the pub into a souvenir shop which also allows for the sale and sampling of wine.

The couple, whose lease on the hotel is nearing its end, said they have registered the name "Silverton Souvenirs" for their new business, despite speculation it would be registered as the "Silverton Hotel".

It is also understood they are planning to apply for a full hotel licence, despite the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) telling the Barrier Daily Truth that a packaged liquor licence (bottle shop licence) would provide adequate coverage.

A spokesman for the OLGR said a business does not need a full hotel licence to sell bottles of wine and the packaged licence also allowed provision for sampling on the premises.

The spokesman said the community meeting being held today would likely be part of a community impact statement - a necessary consultation process when applying for a liquor licence.

Those opposing the new business venture say that it would detract from the Silverton Hotel which is arguably one of Australia's most famous pubs and one of the region's most popular attractions.

It has featured in a host of films and television commercials over the years.

Today's meeting will be held at the Mulga Hill Tavern, on the corner of Oxide and Williams streets, at 2pm.

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