Expansion Southern Independent Liquor (SIL) expanded into South Australia as the new wide-range liquor wholesaler for Parafield Airport Liquor Store (PALS) – one of South Australia’s largest independent liquor retailers. SIL Managing Director, David Stephenson said at the time: "SIL is pushing to increase competition in South Australia, which has ultimately been dominated by a single wholesaler since the takeover of Hotel Liquor Wholesalers (HLW) by Metcash/ Australian Liquor Marketers (ALM). "We believe that SIL's entrance into South Australia is not only good for our business but also for local independent retailers who now have a greater choice for their wide-range wholesale liquor supply." 104 | drinks yearbook Policy and Legislation Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, George Souris, announced details of the Government’s new annual risk-based liquor licence scheme in autumn. Under the new scheme, liquor licensees in NSW became required to pay an annual risk-based licence fee, based on the venue’s trading hours, compliance history, patron capacity and location. The introduction of the fee aimed to bring NSW in line with other states where similar risk-based licence schemes already existed and aimed to reduce the increase in violence that was being seen in Sydney’s Kings Cross and CBD precincts at the time. Community The Barossa Valley’s Oxford Landing Estates winery jumped behind the Oxford to Oxford Charity Challenge (O2O) in autumn – a fun run and cycling event comprising of 110km from the Barossa to Riverland, raising money for Cancer Council Australia. The event would take place later in October and at the time was expected to raise upwards of $50,000. In the same month, over 250 guests attended the ‘Day of the Dog’ VIP night at Bondi Junction’s El Topo Basement, in support of Animal Welfare League NSW. The event concluded BARS MARCH - a month-long celebration of bar culture in Sydney, from which the money is donated to the charitable cause. The 2014 autumn BARS MARCH raised a total $30,000.
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