ALCOHOL CRIME CONTINUES TO FALL

ClubsACT has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Attorney-General Simon Corbell that alcohol related crime has continued to fall in the ACT.

ClubsACT Deputy Chief Executive Gwyn Rees said the results are commendable and are a result of great work between ACT Policing, the Office of Regulatory Services and their willingness to work objectively with industry.

“Clubs are assisting these results by taking their obligations seriously under the new laws and adhering to strict responsible service of alcohol guidelines.  However there is a high price paid for serving alcohol.

“Liquor licences in the ACT are amongst the most expensive in Australia and the ACT Government to should take example from Victoria where small business and community clubs across the state had their liquor licence fees halved.

In a submission to the 2013-14 budget consultation ClubsACT provided examples of club licence fees in NSW, VIC and SA.   With the two closest states paying less than half of an ACT club licence.

“The ACT Government should support the activities of those low-risk community organisations and small businesses that contribute so much.

“The liquor licence regime has repeatedly been described as a ‘user-pays’ system.  It seems clear that where fewer resources are being used the fees should be reduced accordingly.

“ClubsACT will recommend the ACT Government follow other states and ease the burden on community clubs that pose a low risk in relation to alcohol-related violence.”  Mr Rees concluded.

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Ends//28 February 2013

Media Contact:
Gwyn Rees
Deputy Chief Executive ClubsACT
0410 902 982