The University of Newcastle, Australia

UNLC Wins Casula Case

Thursday, 15 December 2016

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is being recognised for its win in the Land & Environment Court.

Tony Brown & Criss Moore from the community group and Natasha Hammond & Mark Seymour, our pro bono barristers.
Tony Brown & Criss Moore from the community group and Natasha Hammond & Mark Seymour, our pro bono barristers.

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is being recognised for its landmark win in the Land & Environment Court as the plan to open a large pub in a very disadvantaged part of Sydney, just metres from a public school, a number of domestic violence refuges, on a highway and next door to an aged care home was rejected. The Centre represented hundreds of local community members in successfully being joined to the case in early 2016 and supported Liverpool Council as co-Respondent in opposition to the pub.

The evidence of Professor Kypros Kypri, Senior Brawn Research Fellow, School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Newcastle, and Professor Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at the School of Psychology, Deakin University, about alcohol harm prevention were both essential to the case’s success, as was the tireless work of numerous placement students at UNLC and community representatives in getting the case to hearing.

Ms Jacqueline Svenson, Solicitor and Clinical Teacher with Newcastle Law School and the students worked to build an argument against pub baron Peter De Angelis to avoid the run down accommodation hotel in Casula, which is currently used for emergency housing by Family and Community Services, being turned into a 1000 capacity pub with 30 poker machines.


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