Liquor con­trol clar­i­fied

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ Online abuse has been hurled by res­i­dents at a Pil­bara lo­cal gov­ern­ment over up­com­ing liquor re­stric­tions in the re­gion.

A re­stric­tion no­tice, un­der the City of Kar­ratha Liquor Ac­cord ban­ner, was cir­cu­lated online last Tues­day which was dated for Oc­to­ber 2 and 3.

Take­away sales would be re­stricted to drinks with an al­co­hol vol­ume of 4.9 per cent as well as a limit of one two-litre wine cask and one car­ton of beer per cus­tomer or car.

No glass or stub­bies would be sold dur­ing this pe­riod at three af­fected li­censed venues near Wick­ham, Point Sam­son, and Roe­bourne.

So­cial media users as­sumed a blan­ket ban across the re­gion but po­lice said liquor re­stric­tions were never for Kar­ratha.

Pil­bara Liquor En­force­ment Unit Sergeant Kim Briggs said po­lice were ex­pect­ing a large in­flux of “peo­ple from out of town” at­tend­ing a se­ries of events in Roe­bourne.

“We’ll be un­der the pump enough if it ends up be­ing a derby for the AFL grand fi­nal week­end,” he said. “This ini­tia­tive was an act of good faith to the peo­ple of Wick­ham, Roe­bourne and Point Sam­son, to al­low them to pre-plan for that week­end; there was never meant to be any detri­men­tal ef­fect to the com­mu­nity in that we’re just try­ing to re­duce harm for the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol for that week­end.

“There’s no need to be alarmist … liquor re­stric­tions are an age-old prac­tice that’s been go­ing on for 10 or 15 years.”

Sgt Briggs said the City of Kar­ratha Liquor Ac­cord was a ge­o­graphic ref­er­ence and was not run by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the ac­cord was a part­ner­ship be­tween lo­cal li­censees and reg­u­la­tors work­ing to­gether to de­velop strate­gies that foster a re­spon­si­ble drink­ing cul­ture within the city.

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