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Slow approval of Ballarat liquor licences ‘hampering businesses’

September 22, 2023 10:18 am in by
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The head of Commerce Ballarat says the slow approval of liquor licences in the city is hampering some businesses.

The newsroom understands there’s a back log of about 1,000 licenses, with the time it takes to approve them blowing out to 6 months.

CEO of Commerce Ballarat, Jodie Gillett, says the glacial speed is damaging.

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“As far as we’re concerned, and other business groups are concerned, we just need to fix it,” she said.

“We need our businesses [and] they need our support right now. We want to encourage new businesses, so we don’t want to be seeing them under huge financial pressure before they even open their doors.”

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