The peak body for the packaged liquor industry in Western Australia has supported the State Government’s announcement that it will move to limit the distance between large liquor stores.
Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia (LSAWA) Chairman Lou Spagnolo said while the full detail of the proposed legislation has yet to be scrutinized, most of his members do support the principle behind the change.
“The LSAWA is all about encouraging and promoting a responsible, sustainable and diverse packaged liquor industry,” Mr Spagnolo said.
“We are therefore supportive of policy that seeks to strike a sensible balance between convenient access for our customers and potential oversupply that could lead to local market failure.”
“While there is certainly scope for both large and small retail outlets in every market, the LSAWA believes it is wise to have some sensible controls in place to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry and reduce pressure to heavily discount product.”
“The LSAWA will endeavour to get firm feedback from its members and other stakeholders in the coming days to allow us to provide definitive advice and input to the process of the Bill passing Parliament,” Mr Spagnolo concluded.