A GROUP of energetic Perth business people have banded together to push for liquor licensing reform under the banner Goodbye Dullsville.com. Commercial lawyer Tim Macknay is convenor of the group, which he describes as a broad coalition of individuals, community groups and small business. Mr Macknay was also part of a group that lodged a submission with Jim Freemantle’s inquiry into liquor licensing, which last year recommended a liberalising of WA’s current regulations. Premier Alan Carpenter and Racing and Gaming Minister Mark McGowan have expressed broad support for reform, which they believe will help to enliven and enrich Perth’s lifestyle. However, the reforms face staunch opposition, particularly from the hotel lobby, and are yet to make their way through parliament. Chamber of Commerce and Industry policy director Deidre Willmott, Tourism Council boss Ron Buckey and prominent restaurateur Kate Lamont were scheduled to speak at this week’s launch of Goodbye Dullsville.com, at Clare Wayne’s (pictured) Murray Street cafe, Tiger Tiger. Mr Macknay said the members of Goodbye Dullsville.com were hoping Perth could gain some of the vibrancy of cities like Melbourne, making it a better place to live and stopping the brain drain. Fittingly, the invitation to the launch was in the form of a bottle of wine supplied by nakedbottle, the cleanskin business launched by Goodbye Dullsville.com supporter Scott Taylor.
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