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Mayor promises a fight over Dan Andrews’ promise to end Melbourne’s ‘archaic’ dry zones

The Andrews Government’s promise to remove century-old dry zone laws has angered a mayor in Melbourne’s east, who has vowed strong resistance.

The zone, in the Boroondara and Whitehorse council areas, means residents have to vote on liquor licence applications for venues.

Boroondara Mayor Jim Parke told Tony Jones, filling in for Neil Mitchell, that the council nor residents have been consulted about the reversal.

“We expect that there will be a very significant protest from local residents,” he said.

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Camberwell resident Mary says she’s very angry with the Premier, who she says won’t meet with residents either.

“There’s ample alcohol available,” she said on 3AW Mornings.

But there are no apologies from Daniel Andrews.

“Those laws, those dry areas are completely archaic,” he said.

Suburbs affected include Balwyn, Camberwell, Canterbury, Glen Iris, Box Hill, Mont Albert and Surrey Hills.