MEDIA Release - Tuesday 20 February, 2018
Clubs WA welcomes proposed amendments to the Liquor Control Act 1988 that will allow visitors into Western Australian community sport and social clubs.
Under current legislation, community clubs are forced to turn away visitors and tourists or offer them a 2-week waiting period on their membership. The proposed reforms will allow passing tourists to experience the full offerings of family-friendly and community-driven clubs.
There are more than 1,000 licensed community clubs across the state with 55 per cent located in regional or rural WA.
The proposed changes will allow visitors who normally live outside a 40km radius to be able to visit a community sport or social club, which is vital for growing tourism, especially in regional areas where visitors are after a range of experiences. The proposed membership changes bring WA closer in alignment with Eastern State clubs that have a 5km radius rule and are strong contributors to the tourism industry.
Clubs WA CEO Karen Giles:
“Western Australian clubs are the hearts of their communities and proposed amendments to legislation will now allow clubs to showcase their facilities and regions to domestic and international visitors.
“Clubs WA has advocated for legislative changes to temporary membership for more than a decade and the proposed amendments will allow our volunteer-driven club industry to better service their communities.
“This is a positive step in the right direction and current indications are that the proposed amendments to membership restrictions will be beneficial for clubs, particularly those in regional areas where the club and tourism industries are struggling.
“Clubs WA congratulates the government on this forward thinking initiative that will bring us closer into line with our Eastern State counterparts."
Read an overview of the tabled Bill (Explanatory Memorandum) here.
Clubs WA (Celebrated 60 years in 2017 – Founded in 1957)
Clubs WA is the not-for-profit peak body for Western Australia’s licensed and community clubs, and works with Government, private sector and public to strengthen the role of clubs within local communities.