No cheer in Pilbara booze ban

Peter LongPilbara News
Glass of beer and bottle side by side.
Camera IconGlass of beer and bottle side by side. Credit: Alicia Perera.

You have probably heard about the State Government’s decision to introduce tough alcohol restrictions across the Pilbara at the end of March.

Back in December 2017, Council made a submission to the Director of Liquor Licensing opposing proposed tighter alcohol restrictions and we are disappointed with the director’s controversial decision.

Council supports the view of the vast majority of residents who do not support this “blanket ban” approach to reduce alcohol-related harm to individuals, families and the community.

A targeted approach, such as the introduction of a Banned Drinkers Register, would be a more effective way to address alcohol abuse than to unfairly affect the majority of residents who drink responsibly.

Five months ago, the State Government celebrated the introduction of relaxed liquor laws to give Perth consumers greater choice, while in the Pilbara you will no longer be able to buy a bottle of wine or six-pack of beer on a Sunday to take to a barbecue.

Council is concerned these strict liquor restrictions will negatively impact local bottle shops, who will be forced to restrict their trading hours for takeaway alcohol to 12pm-8pm Monday to Saturday and close on Sunday.

The new restrictions limit consumer choice, with residents soon to be unable to take advantage of two-for-one carton deals and cheaper prices for purchasing six bottles of wine or a case.

Council has been working hard to promote the Karratha as a great place to work, live and invest and stimulate our emerging tourism industry, and these liquor restrictions create the perception Karratha has a widespread drinking culture, which isn’t the case.

We will continue to lobby the State Government on this issue.

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