The peak body for packaged liquor in Western Australia has congratulated the government for today announcing that non-metropolitan liquor stores will be able to trade on four Sundays in December including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this year without having to apply for any special permits.
Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia (LSAWA) CEO Peter Peck said the announcement made by Racing and Gaming: Small Business Minister Paul Papalia today was very welcome and confirmation that the McGowan government is committed to making Western Australia a more hospitable state.
“The LSAWA team approached the government some time ago to flag that both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve fall on a Sunday this year and by default, non-metro Liquor Stores are not allowed to trade on a Sunday,” Mr Peck said.
“We then worked with our members and the government to see what could be done to correct the anomaly – at least for the festive season – and are very happy that the Minister has today delivered a sensible result.”
Mr Peck said the Liquor Stores Association is an industry leader in terms of responsible service of alcohol policies and activities and this decision is acknowledgment of the work being undertaken in that vein.
“There needs to be a public discussion about alcohol abuse, but we also need to have an open dialogue about how to strike a better balance between personal responsibility and the right to fair trade and access.”
“For example, issues like this where a small, family-owned country liquor store is not allowed to open on a Sunday while the massive liquor store just up the road can, has nothing to do with harm minimization.”
“The LSAWA is deeply committed to working with all stakeholders to maximize support and protection for individuals who can’t help themselves while minimizing the impact on the vast majority of people who buy and consume alcohol responsibly.”
“Today’s announcement by Minister Papalia is therefore wonderful assurance that the McGowan government shares a similar view and we congratulate it for that,” Mr Peck concluded.