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ENDEAVOUR DRINKS GROUP TO
CHALLENGE NT GOVERNMENT OVER
FLOOR SPACE RULING
The Endeavour Drinks Group (EDG), through Woolworths, is lodging legal action against
the Northern Territory Government’s ruling on liquor store size.
Last year EDG submitted plans to build an 1800sqm store as part of a $40 million
commercial development close to Darwin Airport. However the Territory’s Government
introduced a law in December last year that limited the floor size of bottle shops to 400sqm.
Both sides have continued negotiations on the development, but despite what EDG
called “several constructive meetings” the Government has kept the ruling in place,
pushing EDG into taking the Federal Court action.
Shane Tremble, EDG’s Head of Corporate Services, said: “After what we thought were
several constructive meetings, we have learnt that the Gunner Territory Government has
decided to leave in place its 400sqm regulation it agreed prior to the election with the
NT Hotels Association.
“We believe Territorians and visitors to Darwin should be offered a world class liquor
retail shopping experience and access to Dan Murphy’s full range of craft beers, fine
wines and artisan spirits. On our customer’s behalf, we are now left with no choice but
to contest the validity of the regulation in the Federal Court in Canberra.
“We take this decision regretfully as we had hoped the Gunner Government would see
common sense and support the clear wishes of its electorate who overwhelming support
bringing a Dan Murphy’s to Darwin. We share Territorians disappointment that they have
instead decided to honour a pre-election commitment to the Hotels Association.”
The Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Michael Gunner has said that the Government
is planning a review of its Liquor Act, but denied this move was the result of the
impending legal action.
“We said we’d review (the Liquor Act) and we are,” Gunner said, adding that there
was “no magic number” for retail floor size.
“This lawsuit does not change anything for us as a Government,” Gunner added. “We
are going through the review process.”
Tremble welcomed the review, but said he was disappointed that the issue of floor
space would not be dealt with separately.
ALSA LAUNCHES STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT
The Australian Liquor Stores Association
(ALSA) and leading consumer data company
IRI launched their second annual State of the
Industry Report last month.
The report was launched at Parliament
House in Canberra at a well-attended event
including a good turnout of Federal MPs and
leading industry executives.
This was followed by a report briefing for
the LSA’s ACT and South-East New South
Wales members on Thursday morning.
The report gives members extensive
information regarding Australia’s retail
packaged liquor sector in 2016, detailing what
growth has occurred in which sectors, and
what some of the key consumer trends are.
The report also provides a clear snapshot of
the jobs, economic and social contribution that
the retail packaged liquor sector and the overall
alcohol beverages industry makes.
ALSA CEO Terry Mott said “The analysis
of consumption trends, and identification of
challenges for our members’ businesses from
the increasing burden of regulatory issues,
show ALSA’s commitment to help retailers
understand and deal with the major issues in
our ever changing marketplace.
“The report also importantly identifies many
opportunities for ALSA’s retailer members to
build on the continuing shift in Australia’s
relationship with alcohol beverages, away
from volume, to preferences for more premium
“In doing so, it provides extremely useful
and detailed category insights by focusing
on the key performance driving segments.
Australia’s consumers are drinking less volume
of alcohol – but drinking better quality, with
the emergence of more premium products, a
key feature in all key market segments.”
ALSA – IRI
AUSTRALIAN LIQUOR STORES ASSOCIATION
AN OVERVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN
RETAIL LIQUOR INDUSTRY
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