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Special facilities licenses more flexible

THE tourism roles of wine-focused premises continue to grow.

The licensing authority recently granted a special facility licence for premises in Pemberton that primarily operates as a tourist attraction.

This decision also illustrates the depth of the Western Australian wine industry.

Newer regions are not only emerging with quality wine products but also new infrastructure to cater to tourists.

The Pemberton Wine Centre will provide a range of services and facilities to the growing number of visitors to the Warren National Park.

Tastings, educational information and sales of locally produced wine will be on offer at the premises together with other services including chalet accommodation and a meal service.

The highly flexible nature of this newly granted licence will enable the licensee to overcome the limitations of its former restaurant licence.

In the face of opposition from the local hotel the licensing authority was satisfied of the need for the licence and that the proposal met the strict requirements in the Liquor Licensing Act relating to these special licences.

Jessica Patterson, solicitor - 9228 6946

Dan Mossenson, chairman of partners - 9288 6769

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