Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Adelaide Oval Alcohol Sales

In reply to the Hon. C. BONAROS ().18 October 2022).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services has advised:

1. SAPOL is absolutely committed to the promotion and protection of public safety, and considers that it has adopted a fair and balanced position taking into account many factors including Adelaide Oval's liquor licensing record.

2. The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner considered information provided by both parties in terms of the public interest and noted that the Melbourne Cricket Ground recently undertook a trial to reintroduce aluminium cans at the venue, which has been well received.

3. The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner granted the application on terms as agreed between SAPOL and the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA), which include(s):

AOSMA will commit to making stadium announcements on the screens during events at Adelaide Oval, in relation to responsible consumption of alcohol, including:

warning patrons against using cans as a projectile;

warning that using cans as a projectile can be a criminal offence; and

warning that using a can as a projectile will attract a ban from attendance at Adelaide Oval, which may be for a period of up to two years.

The exact wording of the warnings, and the regularity of the warnings, is to be agreed between AOSMA and SAPOL, and AOSMA commits to working with SAPOL to ensure it is comfortable with the wording and regularity applied.

AOSMA will commit to imposing a ban from attending Adelaide Oval for patrons found to be using a can as a projectile. The ban may be for a period of up to two years.

AOSMA will commit to engaging in a review and debrief with SAPOL at the completion of each day of any major event held at Adelaide Oval. AOSMA and SAPOL will work together to determine which events require this debrief.

The commissioner imposed an additional variation to ensure that liquor sold or supplied in aluminium cans must be opened by the licensee at the point of sale. This would further reduce the risk of cans being used by patrons as a projectile.

The commissioner had particular regard to the fact that SAPOL was satisfied with the agreed position from a safety point of view.

A copy of the full decision of the commissioner is available from the Consumer and Business Services website at www.cbs.sa.gov.au.