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August 6 - 12, 2010
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Small and emerging
galleries are calling for a
under liquor licensing laws
to improve their chance of
Under current rules, art
galleries must qualify for
a liquor licence under the
same regulations as a bar or
large event. This means they
must meet costly security and
A temporary licence can be
acquired under less stringent
conditions but can t be applied
for repeatedly, which is little
use for galleries holding
The permanent licence class
under which most galleries fall
is the "special circumstances"
permit, the same kind used by
events such as the Big Day Out
Stan Mahoney, part of the
Format Collective which runs
an art gallery, live music space
and zine store in the west end,
said comparing its liquor sales
with these large events was
"An art gallery giving away
or selling a few glasses of cham-
pagne at an opening is so vastly
different from a Shutzenfest or
a Clipsal 500 that it shouldn t be
a debate," he said.
For galleries such as Format,
which feature mostly emerging
artists and can t rely on art
sales or a door price to cover
costs, alcohol sales are an
important source of revenue.
"An exhibition opening, if
it s not going to be subsidised
by government or business,
should be allowed to sell liquor
to fund a very worthy thing
we re trying to do for Adelaide s
cultural scene," Mr Mahoney
Penny McAuley, general man-
ager of the South Australian
Living Artists (SALA) Festival,
agrees alcohol sales are an
appropriate aspect of art
"It s part of that companion-
able pairing -- it s like having
food and wine.
"Art and a glass of beautiful
SA sparkling is a wonderful
way to celebrate an artist s
work," she said.
Ms McAuley said a new
classification was needed to
account for the differences
between art galleries, which
sell alcohol only as a secondary
function, and events and
venues that exist to sell alcohol.
"There s a wonderful
potential for a discussion which
looks at how we can respond
to create better opportunities
which include these non-
traditional venues," she said.
South Australia s liquor
licensing laws are currently
being changed, and Mr
Mahoney plans to make a
submission to the Government.
Minister for Consumer
Affairs Gail Gago told The
Independent Weekly she would
welcome the opportunity to
consider the issue.
"The State Government is in
the midst of a discussion on a
second round of changes to our
liquor licensing laws," she said.
"This provides these galleries
with a good opportunity to put
in a submission to the Liquor
outlining their issues, and any
suggestions they may have to
What s in a name? Plenty, if you ask Fleurieu
Peninsula Tourism, which is eager to end ongoing
confusion about whether the region s name will
Deputy chair Ros Miller said she was still being
approached by people who believe a change is on the
"Until the SATC (South Australian Tourism
Commission) comes out with a clear statement on
this issue, there will continue to be confusion," she
Heated debate began late last year when the idea of
changing the name to "McLaren Vale and Fleurieu
Peninsula" was raised, with some arguing this would
boost the profile of the wine region.
Although SATC chair Bob Foord stated publicly
in April there would be no name change, Fleurieu
Peninsula Tourism chair Lucy Wilson said comments
from senior commission staff had suggested any
alteration to the name would come out of a review of
the region s strategic tourism plan.
"Such comments ... are creating confusion and
angst among tourism operators," she said. "The time
has come finally to put this issue to rest so we can
all get on with the job of promoting one of the most
beautiful places on earth."
SATC chief executive Ian Darbyshire confirmed
the region s name would remain Fleurieu Peninsula,
adding the decision had been made after extensive
consultation with councils and others in the
"The SATC s clear commitment is to grow tourism
in the region under the Fleurieu Peninsula banner,"
McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism
Association chairman Dudley Brown said its main
concern was that McLaren Vale was overlooked
during promotion of the region, and he was satisfied
with a promise this would change.
"There is a change of thinking regarding how it
will be marketed. The undertaking is that they will
work very closely with us to promote McLaren Vale
... the proof will be in the pudding."
Ms Wilson said a name change could have damaged
major attractions such as Victor Harbor, Goolwa and
the Coorong National Park.
Call to end
Art licence needed
The Format zine store and gallery: in the same liquor licence category as
the Big Day Out.
The Fleurieu: No change in the wind.
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