Subiaco council has streamlined liquor licensing policy

Subiaco made adjustments to its new Liquor Licensing Policy last week.
Subiaco made adjustments to its new Liquor Licensing Policy last week.

SUBIACO Council removed the 'unnecessary and onerous' Public Interest Assessment (PIA) requirement from its new Liquor Licensing Policy last week.

Subiaco Business Association vice president Mark Hann, Llama Bar owner Tim Monaghan, Australian Hotels Association membership and training manager Mike Andrew and Subiaco Village Association president David Maxwell made public statements to support removing the PIA at the committee meeting.

Mr Hann said the addition was onerous and redundant given that the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor already required applicants to complete a PIA.

‘This (policy) will help to encourage entrepreneurs to consider Subiaco for new business,’ Mr Hann said.

At an August meeting, councillors ordered the draft policy be advertised for public consultation and rejected Councillor Mark Burns’ alternative motion to ‘cut the red tape’ and delete the PIA.

Cr Burns said 95 per cent of the 75 public submissions received supported removing the PIA.

Mayor Heather Henderson said the approved Liquor Licensing Policy would be implemented as soon as possible.

‘It allows a bit more flexibility for people to start up bars and small bars in Subiaco, it will free up the bureaucracy that has surrounded this for quite some time,’ Mrs Henderson said.