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Neighbours slam GP Super Clinic liquor licence bid

Monday, 22nd July, 2013

By Erica Visser

Patients at the planned GP Super Clinic will be able to grab a beer during their visit after it successfully applied for a liquor licence.

The $7 million Thomas Street centre is due to open in October, and it is understood, will feature a licensed cafe.

Summa Rayner, the owner of local catering business Summalicious, will run the cafe and has obtained a liquor licence.

Mrs Rayner’s Trade and Investment application for the licence was placed on display for two days in May, although it largely went unnoticed.

A handful of residents, living within 100 metres of the clinic, were notified of the licence application. 

Mrs Rayner was granted a licence to serve alcohol at the clinic between 10am and 11.59pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 10pm on Sundays.

She was unable to comment to the BDT on the plans for the cafe. 

Thomas Street resident Joy Cakebread said she could not recall receiving notification of the licence application in the mail.

“I’m gobsmacked. I can’t see the point of it,” she said.

“I don’t know what the world’s coming to.”

Another neighbour, who chose to remain anonymous, called the move “absolutely stupid.”

“I don’t want it there and I don’t think a medical centre needs a bloody liquor licence.”

Local doctor Steve Flecknoe-Brown said that while he would not support such a move within the public health service, the private clinic was a different matter.

“From my point of view, I don’t think it’s a big deal. I can’t see any of the doctors there having some sort of inappropriate use of alcohol,” he said.

“There’s clear evidence that a little bit of alcohol does no harm.

“Sitting in a medical clinic where there’s a nice bit of food around and you’re socialising but you’ve got somewhere to be afterwards, I can’t imagine that there will be a problem one way or another.

“I certainly wouldn’t be in favour of the NSW Health Service doing this. I think there’s enough separation in that the GP is trying to keep well people living in a well situation whereas the NSW Health Ministry is constantly battling lifestyle-related illnesses.

“While we should not send any contradictory signals, having a decent little cafe in a GP clinic will do no harm.”

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