A number of restrictions to further minimise alcohol related harm in the Pilbara region will come into effect from 31 March 2019 following a decision by the Director of Liquor Licensing.
- Restrictions aim to reduce alcohol-related violence in the
region which is well above the metropolitan, regional and State rates.
- Responsible drinkers will not be significantly impacted.
restrictions across the region will reduce the likelihood of people
travelling or relocating to other towns to obtain liquor.
Director of Liquor Licensing, Duncan Ord said the imposition of
further restrictions on the accessibility and consumption of liquor by
at-risk persons in the region was in the public interest.
abuse of alcohol in the Pilbara continues to have a negative impact on
the community in terms of domestic violence, child abuse, crime and
“While it is acknowledged that the issues
surrounding drug and alcohol-related harm are incredibly complex and
cannot be solved by any single solution, we do know that liquor
restrictions have proven to reduce harm.
afford greater opportunity for social service providers to engage with
at-risk drinkers to achieve long-term change.
“These restrictions will go some way towards addressing the problem,” he said.
Responsible drinkers and legitimate tourists are not expected to be negatively impacted by the restrictions.
restrictions come following submissions from the WA Police to implement
strategies to combat the effects of alcohol related abuse on the
community and ensure public safety.
The Director of Liquor
Licensing considered evidence from a number of stakeholders including
licensees, other state government agencies, local government authorities
and the public.
“Addressing alcohol-related harm and abuse is a
community wide responsibility and cannot be ignored, because its effects
are widespread,” said Mr Ord.
“Ultimately everyone benefits from having safer, healthier communities.
am hopeful that these restrictions together with other Government
initiatives will be the catalyst for positive and sustained change in
the Pilbara region.”
View the details of the full decision.