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New board member for LSA NSW

New board member for LSA NSW

Congratulations to Alisha Clifford from Murwillumbah Cellars on being elected as the Liquor Stores Association NSW & ACT (LSA) newest board member yesterday.

The LSA held its 2017 Annual General Meeting in Sydney, at the offices of Brown-Forman Australia.

Clifford said: “I am looking forward to the challenge, to getting more involved in industry matters, and representing the needs and interests of the members in northern NSW, as well as representing ILG on the board.”

Clifford replaces Michael Blore from Bungendore Cellars, who stepped down after serving on the board since 2011.

LSA President Paul Heilman thanked Blore for his many years of service and support of the Association and the Board, and wished him well as he focused on his second store in Bungendore, and to other projects.

Elected into new positions were Con Stamoulis (Corkscrew Cellars Darlinghurst) and Jon Harris (ALDI Stores), who were elected as Treasurer, and Vice President – Chain Retailer respectively.

LSA Executive Director Michael Waters delivered the 2017 Annual Report at the meeting, noting it was a timely opportunity to reflect on how the LSA had supported, represented and provided leadership to members for a responsible, sustainable, diverse, and professional retail liquor industry across NSW and the ACT.

“A few of LSA’s key activities and achievements this past year include: the ACT Licence Fee campaign, which led to a 75% reduction in fees proposed; amendments to the State-wide 10pm take-away liquor sales restriction; pragmatic reforms to the Three Strikes & Minor Sanctions Disciplinary Schemes; and long-awaited changes to the Retail Trading Act, levelling the playing field to allow all liquor retailers across NSW to trade on Boxing Day,” he said.

“We also launched five new member services, and the Working ‘On’ Your Business Forum & Expo, which joins our Awards, and The Regulatory Panel as LSA’s three major annual industry events and although each event is different, serve a specific purpose in supporting the needs and interests of our growing, diverse membership.”

Waters also reported that total membership grew (+2.4%), and across all categories for the 2016-17 financial year.