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Liquor decisions 2020

We prepare and publish decisions and reasons for decisions in relation to certain liquor applications and disciplinary action proceedings.

Liquor decisions - Wine Group Pty Ltd

On 2 July 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application by The Wine Group Pty Ltd under section 153 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for internal review of a decision to refuse to vary its renewable limited licence for the premises located at Suite 2, 357-361 Camberwell Road, Camberwell.

The Commission determined to set aside the decision of the Delegate and, in substitution, vary the licence subject to the conditions set out in Appendix A.

For a full copy of the decision, download Liquor decision - internal review - The Wine Group Pty Ltd

Liquor Disciplinary Action - Case Note D

On 10 June 2020, the Commission made its decision with respect to an own-motion inquiry pursuant to section 91 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, to ascertain whether there are grounds for disciplinary action against the holder of a general licence, and if so, whether to take disciplinary action against the licensee.

The Commission determined that there were grounds for disciplinary action against the Licensee in accordance with section 93(1) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 and determined to suspend the licence for six months, from 10 June 2020 (inclusive) until 9 December 2020 (inclusive), in accordance with sections 93(1) and 93A(2).

For a copy of the case note, please download Case Note D (Liquor - Disciplinary Action) 22 June 2020

Liquor decision - Internal Review - ALA Group Pty Ltd

On 12 May 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in relation to an application by ALA Group Pty Ltd for internal review of a decision to refuse to extend the final trading hour of the late night (general) licence for the premises trading as Club Aeri, located at 193-195 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.

The Commission has determined to affirm the decision of the delegate and refuse the application for variation of the licence.

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Liquor decision - Internal Review -ALA Group Pty Ltd

Application for Internal Review – Esoteric Festival Pty Ltd

The Commission has determined to vary the decision of the Delegate and grant the licence subject to the conditions set out in Appendix A. The Commission has now released reasons for its decision. Note: since the date of this decision the Applicant has surrendered its licence, thereby making this decision of no practical effect. 

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Application for Internal Review - Esoteric Festival Pty Ltd

Liquor decision - internal review - BBQ Garden

On 7 May 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application by Matthew Webster and Kaylene Mexon (in partnership) under section 153 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for internal review of a decision to refuse to grant an application for a renewable limited licence for the premises known as the BBQ Garden, located at 37A Gladstone Street, Glenrowan.

The Commission determined to set aside the decision of the Delegate and, in substitution, grant the licence subject to the conditions set out in Appendix One.

For a full copy of the decision, download Liquor decision - internal review - BBQ Garden.

Liquor decision – internal review – Case note A

On 14 August 2019, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application under section 153 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for internal review of a decision to refuse an application for a producer's licence. The Commission determined to set aside the decision of the Delegate and grant the producer's licence.

For a copy of the case note in relation to this decision, download Liquor decision - internal review - Case note A

Liquor decision – internal review – Case note B

On 8 January 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application under section 153 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for internal review of a decision to refuse to transfer a late night (on-premises) licence. The Commission determined to set aside the decision of the Delegate and grant the application for transfer.

For a copy of the case note in relation to this decision, download Liquor decision - internal review - Case note B

Liquor decision – internal review – Case note C

On 11 March 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application under section 153 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for internal review of a decision to refuse an application for the approval of a person to be a director of the licensee. The Commission determined to affirm the decision of the delegate and refuse to approve the person as a director of the licensee.

For a copy of the case note in relation to this decision, download Liquor decisions - internal review - Case note C

Liquor decision - internal review - Fortress Melbourne Pty Ltd

On 10 January 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application by Fortress Melbourne Pty Ltd under section 153 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 for internal review of a decision to refuse to grant an application for a late night (on-premises) licence for the premises proposing to trade as Fortress Melbourne Pty Ltd, located at Shop LG 25, Emporium Melbourne, 295 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

The Commission determined to set aside the decision of the Delegate and grant the licence, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix A.

The Reasons for Decision were released on 31 January 2020.

For a full copy of the decision, download Liquor decision - internal review - Fortress Melbourne Pty Ltd.

Liquor decision - JPJ Crossley Operations Pty Ltd

27 February 2020, the Commission handed down its decision in the matter of an application under section 153 of the Liquor
Control Reform Act 1998 for the internal review of a decision to refuse to transfer General Licence no. 33120922 to JPJ Crossley Operations Pty Ltd in respect of the premises known as the Crossley Hotel, located at 47-55 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.

The Commission  determined to set aside the decision of the Delegate, and in substitution, grant the application to transfer the licence.

For a copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download Liquor decision - internal review - JPJ Crossley Operations Pty Ltd

Liquor decision - SP Burke Pty. Ltd.

On 13 February 2020, the Commission handed down a decision in relation to an inquiry into whether there were grounds to take disciplinary action against a licensee and whether to take disciplinary action under Part 6 of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 if grounds exist.

The licensee is body corporate SP Burke Pty Ltd (A.C.N. 624 692 333), the holder of licence no. 31900392 and trading as the Ararat Hotel at 130 Barkly Street, Ararat. 

The Commission has determined that there are grounds for disciplinary action against the Licensee in accordance with section 93(1) of the LCR Act and has determined to:
(a) Disqualify SP Burke Pty Ltd from holding a licence or BYO permit for five years, from 13 February 2020 until 13 February 2025, in accordance with section 93D(1);
(b) Disqualify Stephen Burke for a period of five years, from 13 February 2020 until 13 February 2025, in accordance with section 93D from:
• holding a licence or BYO Permit;
• being a director in any body corporate that holds a licence or BYO permit;
• being a partner in any partnership that holds a licence or BYO permit;
• having a beneficial interest (whether directly or indirectly) in the shares of any body corporate that holds a licence or BYO permit; and
• in any way (whether directly or indirectly) taking part in, or being concerned in, the management of any licensed premises or a body corporate that holds a licence or BYO permit or any licensed club.
(c) Endorse the licence held by SP Burke Pty Ltd with the name of the owner, Willfamco Pty Ltd, in accordance with section 93E(1).

For a full copy of the decision and reasons for decision, download liquor disciplinary action inquiry - SP Burke Pty Ltd

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