The peak body for licensed and community clubs in Western Australia has welcomed the passage of the Liquor Control Amendment Bill 2018 through the Legislative Council.
Clubs WA welcomes the amended 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.
Comments attributed to Clubs WA Chief Executive Officer 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 forward as the amendments will benefit regional areas where the club and tourism industries are struggling.”
“Clubs WA congratulates Minister Papalia and the McGowan government for this great initiative.”
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