Liquor control clarified
■ 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.