The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has set aside the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority’s (ILGA) decision to refuse a liquor licence for an Aldi supermarket in Young.
And while ILGA has raised concerns over the NCAT ruling, a spokesperson for Aldi has told TheShout that the retailer observes all regulations for the purchase of alcohol and that it does not share ILGA’s concerns.
“Aldi is pleased to confirm we have received approval for a liquor license at Young, following strong public support from local residents for increased choice and convenience,” the spokesperson told TheShout.
“We do not share the concerns expressed by the ILGA, nor did the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in its decision.
“The Tribunal’s decision has given increased weight to the needs of Aldi Young’s customers, 1948 of which signed a petition expressing their support for the application, and those whose views are in support of an increased level of convenience and choice in the community.
“No objections or concerns were raised by local residents during the license application process.
As a responsible and experienced retailer, Aldi strictly observes all regulations for the purchase of alcohol and partners with DrinkWise Australia as part of this commitment.
“Before liquor will be available in store, the formal consent for the license removal is still required to be issued by ILGA.”
However ILGA chair Philip Crawford said that the authority had concerns about community safety relating to the availability of alcohol in Young as a result of the decision.
“In December 2016, ILGA refused the application mainly due to Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data on alcohol-related domestic violence,” Crawford said.
“It is disappointing that NCAT has set aside this refusal given the strong concerns about the potential impact of this liquor licence.”
Crawford added that ILGA was considering its options in relation to the matter, including the potential for an appeal.
“One of ILGA’s key priorities is to protect the community from alcohol-related harms,” he said.