Woolworths will not be able to open a liquor store in Falcon over concerns more alcohol sales could lead to an increase in domestic violence in the region.
The West Australian reports, Woolworths wants to open a BWS store alongside its supermarket at the Miami Plaza Shopping Centre, but were turned down by the Director of Liquor Licensing over fears it will have a negative impact on the community where domestic violence rates are twice the State average.
The retail giant argued the BWS store would improve convenience for customers, who currently have to walk 200m to purchase alcohol from a nearby takeaway outlet run by a competitor.
They also added the new store would create jobs and benefit tourism.
But the Director of Liquor Licensing found it was not in the public interest to open a liquor store in a suburb where, according to WA Police figures, showed alcohol-related domestic assaults had doubled in three years.