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Assessing the social impacts of removing limits to trading hours before and after NRL Games at a Dan Murphy’s liquor store next to PointsBet Stadium (Shark Park) in Sydney

By 22 May 2020No Comments

Dr Stubbs was engaged by the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office to provide expert evidence to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) regarding the social impacts of removing limits to the trading hours of a Dan Murphy’s take-away liquor store adjacent to Shark Park, the home ground of the Cronulla Sharks National Rugby League (NRL) team.

She assessed the social impacts of removing the two-hour trading limit before and after games on the Shark Park precinct including the Stadium, Leagues Club and immediate environs of the site; as well as the local neighbourhood and wider community. Dr Stubbs’ comprehensive evidence was based on an extensive review of relevant literature, analysis of secondary data, primary research and site observations at First Grade NRL games held at Shark Park and another stadium and review of NSW Police’s Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS) reports for the area before and after game times in recent years.

The Tribunal accepted Dr Stubbs’ evidence and agreed that the removal of limits to trading hours around game times is likely to lead to an increase in alcohol-related harm on game days and have a detrimental impact on the well-being of the local community. The Tribunal accepted the proposal of the Authority to maintain limits to trading before and after games to 90 minutes.

Read the decision here: