LSA WA celebrates 25th annual gala awards

24 October, 2019 by Deborah Jackson

The Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia (LSA WA) has held its 25th annual awards night at the Grand Ballroom of the Crown Perth.

The evening served as an opportunity to not only congratulate and recognise the star achievers on both the retail and supplier sides, but also to highlight the work LSA WA has been doing behind the scenes to fight for a strong and united industry.

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LSA WA President, Lou Spagnolo, opened the evening by saying it was a night to celebrate the achievements of those who add a drive and energy to the industry.

“These awards highlight the work and professionalism that goes into achieving the highest standards that are expected throughout our industry. The recognition of the recipients of tonight’s awards is well deserved,” he said.

“LSA WA has been a strong united voice fighting for our industry since 1952. We play and will continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring we have a fair legislation and regulation, to ensure our businesses continue to thrive. During the past 67 years, we’ve had one main aim, to protect small WA family businesses, while being mindful of the other businesses we come into contact with.

“Let’s not forget the jobs we create and the reliance our local wineries have on our outlets. And the kick on effect this has right down to the person driving that little red tractor around the vineyard. We are mindful of any outside influences that could affect the sustainability of our industry and our local economy. And I’m sure our government would be conscious of the role we play in supporting that economy. Put in perspective, our industry directly generates about 6,500 jobs. On a national scale, retail liquor sales generate about $17.5 billion per year. You can imagine how much we inject.

“The LSA has a full agenda. Among the items that have taken place over the past couple of years is the BDR trial in Pilbara. This initiative puts the responsibility back on the consumer without penalising the responsible drinkers in the region. It also allows the necessary agencies to provide support for those who need it.

“Our association, and in particular our CEO, Peter Peck, has championed this project with all of the relevant stakeholders and with the backing of Minister Papalia. I would like to personally thank Mr. Papalia for supporting this project. And for the support he has shown our industry since coming into office.”

Liquor Stores Association of WA 2019 Liquor Industry Award winners:

LSA WA Life Member Inductee: Laurie Hurley

Spirits & RTD Sales Representative of the Year: Damien Morgan, Brown-Forman

Wine Sales Representative of the Year: Corey Wilson, Samuel Smith & Sons

Beer Sales Representative of the Year: Scott Ellis, Coopers Premium Beverages

Supplier of the Year: Lion Beer Australia

Quiet Achiever Award: Lou Spagnolo

Young Retailer of the Year: Aiden Sivic

Country Liquor Store of the Year: Deb O’Connor, Witchy Liquor

Metropolitan Liquor Store of the Year: Vikrant Sharma, John’s Food & Liquor

Western Australian Liquor Store of the Year: Vikrant Sharma, John’s Food & Liquor