In September 2012 the MRCCI surveyed members to gauge their views and determine if they supported or objected to the liquor licence applications by Woolworths and Coles.

88% of members objected to the granting of a licence to Woolworths and 90% objected to the granting of a licence to Coles. As a result the Chamber lodged an objection to the granting of both licences on behalf of its members.

The Liquor Licence Commission hearings of the applications occurred last week. The President of the MRCCI, Pauline McLeod, attended the hearings on behalf of the Chamber. The main objection was the potential damage that mass market, discount liquor outlets, located in the heart of our town’s CBD would cause to the town’s character and amenity and to a community whose economy is driven by a very unique wine tourism brand.

The President has reported she believes the members’ concerns and objections were heard by the Commissioners. The outcome of the hearing won’t be known for sometime, however, when the Commissioners advise of their decision the Chamber will circulate the outcome to all members.

The Chamber is pleased to continue to play an important role in advocating on your behalf and understands the importance of representing your needs and ensuring that Brand Margaret River is protected.