Community input on NSW liquor licences to be reviewed
By Sean Nicholls
The process by which members of the community can have their say on proposals for new liquor licences will be reviewed by the NSW government for the first time in almost a decade.
Racing Minister Paul Toole has announced that Liquor and Gaming NSW has issued a discussion paper on the evaluation of so-called Community Impact Statements and is calling for public submissions by July 26.
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A Community Impact Statement is a written summary of the potential harm a liquor licence might have on a neighbourhood. It must contain community stakeholder feedback, such as concerns and support.
The statements are required when applications for a range of liquor licences are made, including for a hotel, club, bottle shop and some small bars.
The statement is posted on the Liquor and Gaming NSW website for 30 days for comment.
The discussion paper asks for feedback on the efficacy of the statements, whether there are “opportunities to cut red tape and minimise delays” and what types of liquor licences should be required to complete them.
It says the results of the evaluation “are expected to inform a broader review seeking to better align the planning and liquor approvals processes”, which is proposed for later in 2017.
“It’s important that those potentially affected by liquor licences have input into the assessment process, whether they be residents, councils, police or others,” Mr Toole said.
“But it’s also important that pubs, bars and other venues can continue to provide options for people who want to socialise and enjoy themselves.”
Article published on The Sydney Morning Herald