Individual licensees in the relevant towns in the Kimberley region have now been notified about proposed changes to their licence conditions. These are:
It was decided not to impose further conditions elsewhere in the Kimberley, or in the Pilbara towns of Wickham, Point Samson, Karratha, Dampier and Newman.
These proposed changes follow extensive stakeholder consultation. All individual, community and industry feedback has been thoroughly considered in this process.
In July 2020, the then Director of Liquor Licensing commenced 2 separate Inquiries into whether restrictions should be imposed on availability of packaged liquor in:
Section 64 of the Act provides the ability to impose conditions which are considered to be in the public interest or considered desirable in order to:
To help inform the Inquiries, government and community groups were written to on 30 July 2020, seeking information on the extent and impact of alcohol-related harm in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions by November 2020.
Then on 18 October 2021, following receipt of those submissions, letters were sent to affected licensees and industry associations, inviting their comment, with extensions granted to lodge submissions until 1 September 2022, following:
There were 33 submissions made to the Kimberley inquiry and 20 submissions made to the Pilbara inquiry.
Individual licensees in the relevant areas have been notified about any proposed changes to their licence conditions. Proposed changes are currently being communicated to key stakeholders and the broader community.
Pursuant to section 64(2a) of the Act, affected licensees now have the opportunity to show cause as to why the proposed conditions should not be imposed on their licence. Following receipt of any further submissions, a final determination will be made
and stakeholders notified prior to implementation of any changes. A final decision is expected in late February 2023.
The department is committed to keeping the process as open and transparent as possible. WA Director of Liquor Licensing Lanie Chopping today thanked all stakeholders for contributing to the process.
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Please note Inquiries by the Director of Liquor Licensing are independent of the Minister for Racing, Gaming and Liquor and the Police Commissioner.
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