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ALSA NAMES YOUNG LIQUOR
The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) has
announced the two finalists in the running for the 2016
Young Liquor Retailer of the Year award.
The finalists are James McKay, store owner and
manager from Liquor Barons Morley in Western Australia
and Rebecca Polley, store manager from BWS Stafford
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 27 July
at the Sheraton Grand Mirage on the Gold Coast at the
2016 ALSA Conference Gala Dinner.
The award provides a national opportunity for young
liquor retailers from around the country to enter into
a merit based awards program, with the winner being
awarded a place on the 2017 ALSA International Retail
Study Tour to Europe in March.
Both of the 2016 finalists have taken different paths
in their career journey but what they have in common
is ambition, enthusiasm, and a passion for the retail
McKay was initially employed as a casual bottle shop
attendant while studying a double degree -- a Bachelor
of Science and Bachelor of Commerce. He experienced
employment outside the retail liquor sector, then had
a two-year stint as a bottle shop store manager before
purchasing his own store.
Polley is a 10-year employee of Woolworths who
was initially a casual cashier in supermarkets while still
at school. She commenced full time employment at
Woolworths progressing through various roles prior to her
current role as store manager for a BWS store. In 2013,
she completed a Certificate IV in Retail Management and
is currently studying a Bachelor of Business/Laws while
working full time and balancing a young family.
Krystal Hall from BWS Dianella Plaza in Perth was
the winner of the inaugural Young Liquor Retailer award
last year and called her time on the ALSA Study Tour to
Hall said at the time: "It's a tremendous honour [to
be named Young Retailer of the Year] and I'm grateful
to have been chosen among so many other deserving
candidates. I'm thankful to ALSA and all involved for
extending this opportunity my way. I'm also grateful for the
support of my team in-store, everyone at BWS and our
suppliers without whom I could have never achieved this."
ALSA CEO Terry Mott said: "ALSA is committed
to encouraging and supporting professional and
responsible development of our future retailers and
this is a massive opportunity for a young liquor retailer
to experience an international retailing environment,
and learn along with a group of senior professional
The Awards program is targeted at staff members who
have at least 18 months of experience in the sector and
a maximum age of 30-years-old.
LSA NSW RESPONDS TO NSW POLICE
ASSOCIATION'S BACKFLIP ON LOCKOUTS
The Liquor Stores Association of NSW (LSA NSW) has responded to
reports that the NSW Police Association would back changes to the
state's lockout laws, with later bottle shop closing times at the top
of the list.
Michael Waters, the executive director of LSA NSW told National
Liquor News: "LSA NSW, and our members who do have a need to
trade beyond 10pm, whether they are situated in regional or metro
NSW, or whether their need is on a regular basis or for just one night
each year, are pleased to hear the NSW Police Association is supportive
of some much-needed 'common sense' changes to the current state-wide
10pm takeaway liquor sales restriction.
"Common social misconception is that alcohol-fuelled violence and
assault are on the increase, where in fact the opposite is true with the
evidence confirming alcohol-related violence across NSW -- domestic
and non-domestic assaults -- has been in steady decline since 2009, and
has decreased by over 35 per cent in the past seven years.
"Further, careful LSA analysis of BOCSAR data has confirmed that
the state-wide 10pm restriction has had absolutely zero impact on the
rate of alcohol-related domestic violence assaults -- the measure did not
move the trend line one iota from its previous downward trajectory.
"Of real concern however, is that at the same time as alcohol-related
incidents have been in consistent decline, non-alcohol-related domestic
assault, and illicit drug-related offences continue to increase at a rapid
rate of knots, and we have been calling on the Government for some
years to re-focus its energy and resources toward these areas, rather
than continue to place further regulatory burden and restrictions on
licensees and customers.
"LSA NSW is committed to continue working with Government and
other stakeholders, including Scott Weber and the NSW Police Association,
to better understand, develop and implement targeted strategies to
address the misuse of alcohol, and believe that a targeted, evidence-based
approach to policy making, delivered in partnership with all stakeholders,
will lead to the implementation of measures that can have a real effect on
harm minimisation, without negatively impacting on the vast majority of
individuals who consume alcohol responsibly," said Waters.
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