- Minimising alcohol-related harm key focus of liquor reforms to be introduced in State Parliament next week
- Changes seek to prevent further proliferation of large liquor barns
The McGowan Government is forging ahead with delivering on its commitment to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community, with the introduction of liquor reforms that will prevent further proliferation of liquor barns across the State.
Together with the changes to create a more relaxed and enjoyable drinking culture, the Liquor Control Act 1988 will be amended so the licensing authority will not approve an application if a proposed liquor store is bigger than a prescribed size and is located within a set distance from another large outlet.
The proposed size and radius will be outlined in the regulations by the Director of Liquor Licensing to allow flexibility in different areas of the State.
The changes will also prevent an application for a liquor outlet to be granted if it can already be met by existing businesses in the locality.
The provisions will also apply to any licence that authorises the sale of packaged liquor to the public in a retail setting including liquor stores, hotels, taverns and some special facility licences.
Applications to alter or redefine a licensed premises where a licensee is seeking to increase the area where packaged liquor is sold will also be subject to the new provisions.
Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
“We know the impact that liquor barns can have on the community and the McGowan Government is committed to encouraging responsible attitudes and practices in sale, supply and consumption of liquor.
“Currently almost every suburb in WA is inundated with liquor stores selling packaged liquor, sometimes at extremely cheap prices. Community groups have concerns that consumers are surrounded by over 10 liquor stores within a short driving distance.
“Our proposed changes will prevent further proliferation of large liquor barns across the State by refusing applications for stores larger than approximately 400 square metres, within a radius of around five kilometres from other outlets.
“This amendment supports the objective of the Act to minimise alcohol-related harm in the community while also transforming Western Australia’s tourism and hospitality industry by providing more opportunities for small businesses.”