Concerns over liquor changes
Local liquor outlets have voiced concerns about the impact restrictions on opening times could have on business.
Director of Liquor Licensing Peter Minchin visited Port Hedland last week to discuss likely new liquor laws with bottle shop owners, police and Town of Port Hedland councillors.
Restrictions could include moving trading hours in the Pilbara back to noon each day, removing fortified products such as port from sale and limiting customers to buying one carton of beer or one bottle of wine.
North West Liquor Supplies owner Brent Rudler said Karratha and other Pilbara areas were about to feel the changes already felt in Hedland.
“There is issues such as reduction in trading hours which will be more felt across the Pilbara than with us because we were already reduced in trading.
“They are going to go to 12pm (opening time) based on the new show-cause notice, so they are going to lose four or five hours for six days a week, but we already have that.
“They will lose a full shift, up to 10 full time jobs in Karratha and Newman — ones we have already lost.”
Mr Rudler said only a few stores in Hedland were concerned about pulling fortified products from the shelves and said changes to opening times could have more of an impact on tourism across the region.
Walkabout Hotel general manager Steele Goddard said there was concern from attendees about trading hours and limiting the quantity that could be bought.
“The main concern for us is that they want to limit our trading hours down to not opening before midday . . . it cuts into our lunch service that we do, and trade from the airport that we normally get in the morning,” he said.
“The general conscience is a loss of jobs and wages — other outlets were concerned that they (customers) can only get one carton or one bottle of spirits per car.”
A Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries spokeswoman said consultations included a meeting with administration and elected members of the Town of Port Hedland.
“Delegate of the Director of Liquor Licensing Peter Minchin visited venues within the Pilbara to consult with key stakeholders on proposed liquor restrictions,” the spokeswoman said.