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Thursday, 25 August 2016
Mornington MP David Morris has called on Mornington Peninsula councilors to “call in” an application for an extended liquor license currently before the Council.

Mr Morris said the application, at 39A Main Street, Mornington, formerly La Porchetta, would change the existing restaurant and café to a tavern.

“While there would be no extension to the hours of operation, currently 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM the following day from Sunday to Thursday and 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM the following day on Friday and Saturdays, a significant variation of the existing conditions is proposed. Specifically:

A condition that the predominant activity must be the preparation and service of meals would be removed.

The requirement to provide seating for 75% of patrons would also be removed.

A variation to the permitted volume of live or recorded music”

“The stated intention is to operate… ‘an upmarket wine bar late into the late hours of the evenings’, a relatively low-key use. The concern is that the proposed variations would permit a range of entirely different, and potentially more disruptive, uses.”

“The proposal is a significant change from the existing use, and should not be determined solely by council planners. It is essential that the Mornington community has an opportunity to address their elected councillors directly before a final decision is taken.”

“I urge Councillors to call in the application, and to deal with it at a public meeting of the Council.”

A copy of the application can be found on the council website.
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