By James Atkinson
Woolworths has won the latest in a series of legal skirmishes with WA liquor regulators over a Dan Murphy’s store proposed for suburban Perth.
Overturning the Supreme Court of WA decision of November last year, the state’s Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that liquor regulators had failed to properly apply the public interest test in rejecting the Bicton Dan Murphy’s.
The Court of Appeal said the Liquor Commission of WA did not properly consider the consumer requirements in the Bicton locality specifically for the range of liquor products and services that Woolworths proposed to provide.
The decision means Woolworths’ original application will be reviewed by the commission, taking into account the law and principles handed down in the latest appeal judgment.
A Woolworths spokeswoman said the company was pleased with the latest ruling.
Woolworths first applied to open the Bicton store in July 2009.