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New liquor laws for NSW

After much anticipation for the NSW wine industry, new liquor laws came into force as of 1 July 2008.

The new Liquor Act 2007 which was passed by the NSW Parliament in December 2007 and the Liquor Regulations 2008 which are in the process of being finalised, contain the most comprehensive changes we have seen to our liquor laws in NSW. They have been designed to reduce complexity and cost to applicants and to simplify and modernise the law, and to aid public understanding.

An article in the July issue of Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker by Hogan Geikie Poole Lawyers partner, Rachel Clarke, summarised the changes to the liquor laws which impact on the NSW wine industry.

From 1 July, the Liquor Administration Board and the NSW Licensing Court will be abolished and the new Casino, Liquor and Gaming Control Authority (“the Authority”) will now deal with all new applications and the administration of existing liquor licenses.

The changes will allow NSW wine producers, brewers, distillers and wholesalers to apply for a producer/wholesaler license.

On Friday, 1 August, Rachel Clarke is available to take calls at no cost from those who wish to discuss the impact of the new NSW liquor law changes to their wine business.

You may contact Rachel on (02) 9261 8777 or ">r

For more information, see the full article in the July Grapegrower & Winemaker.

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