Stallholders were advised last September as part of the festival’s Participation Policy that community applications would no longer be given liquor permits.
“We recognised that community organisations may be affected by changes to liquor licenses. The festival team received feedback from around half a dozen groups that were concerned and has worked with them to identify alternatives, such as partnering with liquor permit holders who can sell alcohol on their behalf or focusing on the sale of food and other products,” a Directorate statement said.
The Directorate did not explain how this would reduce drunkenness or contribute to public safety, or whether this flagged a tougher approach to the sale of alcohol at public events.
The spokesperson said the Government and festival team took on board feedback from stallholders and festival goers each year and the situation would be reviewed for the 2019 festival.
“ACT Policing participated in general discussions with other stakeholders in regards to liquor permits and supports these being issued to organisations and groups that have staff appropriately trained in the responsible service of alcohol and the appropriate liquor licensing for handling the sale of alcohol in public, in line with the current legislation,” it said.
After last year’s event, police issued a media release saying they were pleased with the behaviour of festival goers.