Retail Drinks Australia has today hosted its third Annual General Meeting (AGM), bringing together members across the country in a virtual format for the second year running.

As part of the AGM, Retail Drinks CEO Michael Waters presented the organisation’s FY21 Annual Report, which showed strong financial performance and a range of major policy and advocacy successes.

 “Off the back of a strong financial performance in FY21, and thanks to the ongoing support of our members, Retail Drinks is now in a fortunate position of being able to bring forward new key projects as part of our three year Strategic Plan,” said Waters.

“We are continuing to demonstrate strong industry advocacy leadership and deliver value where it counts; we are expanding our member services and benefits; we are continuing to enhance industry responsibility and we’re working hard to showcase the very best of our diverse industry and its people.”

Some of the specific points that the presentation celebrated from this year include:

  • The continued work to ensure liquor retail was classified as an essential service, so retailers could trade during all lockdowns across every jurisdiction since the start of the pandemic.
  • Global recognition for the Retail Drinks Online Alcohol Sale and Delivery Code of Conduct, which has helped shape both new global standards and local legislative reform in several states and territories.
  • The launch and initial implementation of the new three year Strategic Plan 2021-2023.
  • The enhancement of industry responsibility initiatives, including the launch of Choose to DrinkWise, and the relaunch of ID25 and Don’t Buy It For Them.
  • The launch of a new mental health and wellbeing partnership.
  • The very successful Liquor Retail Summit and Industry Awards, with the live virtual event attended by over 1000 people, and also a 250 per cent rise in awards nominations.

The AGM also included the appointment of the Retail Drinks Board of Directors for a new two year term, which saw 11 of the 12 previous Directors re-elected. Outgoing Director Paul Heilman made the decision to step away from the organisation after 10 years in its varying capacities, including three years as a foundation Director.

Heilman’s position was filled by Shane Madden, Director of Retail Liquor Specialists Group and owner/operator of 11 stores across regional NSW and the ACT. Chairman John Carmody welcomed the new Director, while recognising the great work of Heilman.

“Paul, on behalf of Retail Drinks I extend my thanks and gratitude for the significant contribution you have made to, and for the organisation, and for your time, energy, enthusiasm, passion, professionalism and care for the industry,” Carmody said.

“I also welcome and congratulate Shane Madden on his appointment, and on behalf of the Board and Management, look forward to working with you over the next two years, and to you being a strong representative for Liquor Store Members.”

Brydie Allen

Brydie Allen is the Editor of National Liquor News. She has been with Food and Beverage Media since 2019, when she joined the company as a journalist across National Liquor News, Bars & Clubs, The...

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