- Next round of liquor reform to be introduced this year
- McGowan Government to make sure tourism, community and cultural benefits are strongly considered in liquor licence applications
- Common sense prevails to allow award-winning Perth distillery to serve whiskey with a non-alcoholic mixer drink
The McGowan Government has commenced plans for the next stage of reform of WA's liquor licensing laws to support innovative local businesses and create jobs for Western Australians.
Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia today welcomed the Director of Liquor Licensing's decision to allow the award-winning Whipper Snapper Distillery to sell their whiskey with a non-alcoholic mixer drink, such as soda water or ginger ale.
Whipper Snapper's application to amend their liquor licence had been held up, due to lack of clarity over the rules around applications to serve mixer drinks.
On March 31, they were informed that their licence had been amended to allow customers the option of ordering a non-alcoholic mixer drink, reflecting the McGowan Government's fresh approach to liquor licensing.
The McGowan Government will press ahead with further reforms of WA's liquor laws to create a more vibrant city and new tourism and employment opportunities.
Mr Papalia will introduce new laws that will make it easier for vibrant, sophisticated venues to obtain liquor licences.
The Government will add a new category to the public interest assessment to allow venues' tourism, community and cultural benefits to be strongly considered during the liquor licence application or amendment process.
The McGowan Government will also give equal weight to representations of tourism and cultural bodies as those of the Police Commissioner and Executive Director of Public Health.
Mr Papalia will introduce the amendments to the Liquor Control Act 1988 into State Parliament before the end of the year.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The liquor reforms that I introduced as Minister transformed Perth's nightlife and created the vibrant small bar scene we enjoy today.
"More importantly, it created new jobs in the tourism and hospitality industries.
"The State Government is getting on with the job of taking the next steps in liquor reform in WA to cut red tape, support exciting local businesses and create jobs.
"Under our plans, venues that deliver cultural and tourism value to the community within a safe environment will have a better chance of obtaining a liquor licence or amending a liquor licence."
Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
"The decision to allow Whipper Snapper Distillery to amend their licence represents a shift towards a more common sense approach to liquor licensing in WA.
"Whipper Snapper is an award-winning local establishment that has potential to be a tourist hotspot and create jobs for Western Australians.
"The team at Whipper Snapper have recently been recognised internationally, taking out the gold medal for Australian corn whiskey at the World Whiskey Awards London and the best in category for international corn whiskey at the American Distilling Institute awards.
"This is the type of venue we should be supporting - they are providing an exciting and innovative product. By supporting these venues, we create a more sophisticated and vibrant drinking culture and more job opportunities for Western Australians."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 5600