In line with the changes, 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.
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. Equal weight will be given to representations of tourism and cultural bodies as to 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.
The news is likely to be welcomed by WA's performing arts, music and entertainment industries which have seen a number of venues close in recent years and have been vocal supporters of reducing barriers to having live performance in local venues.
Similarly the Tourism and Hospitality sectors have been encouraging Labor to reform WA's liquor laws to create a more vibrant city and new tourism and employment opportunities, and are likely to welcome the changes.