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Allen De Costa, the CEO of
Independent Liquor Group (ILG)
has said that the Co-operative
will look to expand its reach
throughout Australia, as the group
reported a 15 per cent increase in
revenue for 2016.
ILG has reported an increase in
revenue to $372 million for 2016,
which marks a $48m revenue
increase compared to the previous
year, split between Queensland
which was up by $31m and NSW
up by $17m.
De Costa said: “This is my fifth
year with ILG and the Co-operative
continues to grow and provide
greater benefits to our members.
“This year’s outstanding sales
and profit results are due to
the hard work performed by all
staff and members over the last
“The members have a strong
balance sheet with net assets of
$14.9m. This will protect the Co-
operative for many years
De Costa said that the Co-op is
looking to expand its operations
to reach other regions and states
throughout Australia in 2017.
“We are currently looking at
further expansion opportunities
throughout Australia as the Co-
operative model serves its members
in the most effective way.”
DRINKWISE SHOWCASE MARKS 11 YEARS OF PROGRESS
DrinkWise celebrated 11 years of sustained and
targeted activity with a Showcase held at Parliament
House in November.
Over the past 11 years, DrinkWise has invested
$30m into changing the face of Australia’s drinking
culture through key social and educational activities.
These activities include ‘The Role of Parents’; ‘How
to Drink Properly’; ‘You Won’t Miss a Moment if you
DrinkWise’, the ‘Get the Facts’ labelling initiative; and
‘Red Dust Role Models’.
Neil Comrie, the Chair of the DrinkWise Board,
said: “Over the past 11 years, DrinkWise has invested
over $30m in campaigns and education activity to
bring about a healthier and safer drinking culture in
Australia. It is pleasing to see, through Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare data, the positive
shifts in drinking attitudes and behaviour. I’m proud
to be a part of an organisation that has contributed to
DrinkWise was formed in 2005 and is funded
through voluntary contributions across the alcohol
sector. It has previously been in receipt of funding
from both Coalition and Labor Goverments, and was
awarded $5m by the Howard Government in 2006,
when the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP was Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing.
Pyne addressed the Showcase, saying: “It was
certainly a pleasure to support DrinkWise with $5m
to start with and the industry also put up $5m. And
the reason that it was an attractive proposition and
that John Howard as Prime Minister and I and many
others were attracted to it was because it tried to
break the mould of ‘them and us’ in the alcohol space.
“DrinkWise attempts to bring community
representatives together with industry representatives
to come up with sensible propositions, and it does
that in a way that is different to what we’ve seen
before. Young people love DrinkWise’s campaigns,
because they speak to them in a language that
they understand and that they find either funny or
engaging and then they share it with their friends, and
that’s how social media works.”
DIGITAL RSA AND RCG COMPETENCY
CARDS NOW AVAILABLE IN NSW
In a first for Australia, Liquor & Gaming NSW and Service NSW
have partnered to deliver free and secure digital Responsible
Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Conduct of Gambling
(RCG) Competency Cards.
The partnership means that more than 450,000 workers in
NSW’s liquor and gaming industries are able to apply for digital
licences using the new ‘My Licences’ digital wallet in the latest
version of the Service NSW app.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet
said the launch marked a quantum leap in government
“NSW is leading the nation in government technology, and the
number one reason is that we are determined to offer the best services to make life easier for the people of NSW,”
Digital licences can be sighted just like physical licences, and authorities can also verify whether a digital licence is
current or has conditions using a purpose-built checker app. Users who choose to carry only a digital version of their
licence must ensure their device remains charged and accessible.
Digital licences are optional, with physical licence cards to remain available for all licence holders.
Allen De Costa.
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