Concerns have been raised over the steady increase in liquor licence’s granted in the Hunter, as the state government looks at liquor licence density in the region.
Newcastle is now home to more than a third of the Lower Hunter’s pub and liquor licence’s, with Cessnock leading the Hunter in bottle shops with a total of forty eight.
Greens MP John Kaye expressed his concerns, saying licence’s should not be granted without a full consideration of their community impacts.
“The O’Farrell Government should seriously look at buying back some of these licenses,” said Kaye
“Evidence shows with more liquor licenses you have more domestic violence.”