Former Freehills managing partner John Atkins has agreed to head up a review of Western Australia's current liquor licensing system and Sunday trading regulations for hospitality operators, as part of a comprehensive review of the Liquor Control Act.
The government today announced the review, to try and keep pace with the constantly changing hospitality sector in Western Australia.
Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron today named Mr Atkins as chairman of the review committee.
Chamber of Minerals and Energy director Nicole Roocke and prominent regional community leader Ian Stanley were also appointed to the committee.
“I am very pleased John Atkins has accepted the job of heading the review, he brings a range of skills and experience to the position,” the Minister said
“John has a history in banking and currently is the Western Australian chairman of ANZ Bank; he holds a number of roles outside banking, including chair of Lotterywest and of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry; deputy chair of the Committee for Perth; and board member of Apprenticeships Australia and the Australian Chamber Alliance.”
According to the review committee’s terms of reference, the board will focus on balancing requirements of consumers with minimising harm and ill health, the interests and needs of those selling or supplying liquor, and the interests and needs of the tourism and hospitality industries.
Other matters the committee will consider include the continuation of the current licence classification system, Sunday trading regulations, trading hours for hotels and extended trading permits.
The report is expected to be complete midway through next year.