Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    WA liquor laws review committee recognised

    21/08/2015 9:05 AM
    • Independent Review Committee of the Liquor Control Act 1988 wins 2015 Action on Alcohol Award

    An independent committee set up by the State Government to undertake a comprehensive review of Western Australia's liquor laws has been announced as a winner at the 2015 Action on Alcohol Awards.


    The awards were recently presented by the Honourable Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC and Mrs Tonya McCusker during the fifth anniversary celebration of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth at Curtin University.


    Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the Independent Review Committee of the Liquor Control Act 1988 was the overall winner in the 'Government in Action' category.


    The judges commented that the report produced by the review committee achieved a 'balanced view, encompassing a wide range of perspectives'.  Mr Holt said the committee received 149 submissions from a range of stakeholders, including industry groups and the public.


    "The 141 recommendations to come from the report included the creation of secondary supply laws, which were introduced into State Parliament this month," he said. "It is pleasing to see the Liberal National Government's balanced and independent approach to the Liquor Control Act 1988 review has been acknowledged.  I would also like to thank my predecessor Terry Waldron for his key role in establishing the review"


    The Department of Education and WA Police were finalists in the 'Government in Action' category for working together to prevent alcohol-related harm among young people in the Western Desert community of Jigalong.


    Local high school teacher Greg Grant and Jigalong Multi-Function Police Facility senior sergeant Neil Gordon implemented the Keys for Life program in Jigalong to improve road safety.


    The McCusker Centre executive officer Julia Stafford congratulated the finalists and winners and commended their continued efforts to prevent alcohol-related harm and violence in the community.


    "It is important to recognise that so many people are doing tremendous work to reduce the harms caused by alcohol, and especially to make a difference for WA's youth," Ms Stafford said.


    Fact File

    • The review of the Liquor Control Act 1988 was announced in December 2012
    • The independent committee comprised John Atkins (chairman), Nicole Roocke and Ian Stanley
    • To read the Government's response to the independent review of the Liquor Control Act 1988, visit http://www.rgl.wa.gov.au/

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