Endeavour Group will change the location of its proposed Dan Murphy’s Darwin store following community feedback.
The proposed new site will be located between McMillans Road and Osgood Drive, still part of the Darwin Airport Retail Precinct.
The new proposal came as the Northern Territory’s independent Liquor Commission rejected the previous proposed site on the grounds it posed a risk to the residents of the three dry Aboriginal communities.
“The new site is further away from local Indigenous communities and we believe the change will help to alleviate some of the key concerns,” said Shane Tremble, GM corporate service at Endeavour Group.
The company said that both the Minmarama and Kulaluk communities have expressed their support for the revised application.
However, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT CEO John Paterson, and Olga Havnen, from Darwin’s Danila Dilba Health Service, told ABC that the new site is no better than the original proposal.
“We do not support the current proposed location on Bagot Road and Osgood Drive, and we certainly do not support the new location which has only just been revealed,” said Pateron and Olga in a letter to Woolworths Group chairman Gordon Cairns.
The Bagot community has yet to express whether or not they support the new location.
“We have been having conversations with the NT Government for some time now about the possibility of moving the location of the store following community feedback,” Tremble said.
According to the company, if the store is approved, it could be trading within 12 months of the decision.