More licensed CBD venues are planned
Business owners are confident Karratha’s drinking culture has matured enough to deal responsibly with a new influx of licensed venues planned for the centre of town.
When the City of Karratha liquor accord was re-established between police, outlets and Government agencies one year ago, it was done in a bid to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.
At the start of 2016 there were five venues serving alcohol in the city centre.
Soul Cafe has since been added to that list and a further three — Fiorita Deli, The Icon and Ciao Bella — are under notice of application.
Blanche Bar manager Lara Ducie said with less money and fewer fly-in, fly-out workers in town because of the economic downturn, people were becoming more sensible with their drinking habits.
“Compared to 2008 ... it has changed massively,” she said.
“With the money spent in Kar-
ratha on facilities and streetscaping, the people in town now actually like this community.
“They are proud of it and don’t want to trash it.”
Under the liquor accord, licensees come up with strategies they can introduce themselves to address issues such as street drinking around licensed venues in the community.
Licensees are also encouraged to share information to prevent disorderly patrons accessing other venues if they have been kicked out.
Bart Parsons’ soon to open Fiorita Deli in the Karratha Quarter is one of the new venues seeking a liquor licence. Mr Parsons said venues needed to play their part in educating the public about responsible alcohol consumption to tackle alcohol-related issues.
“It’s not an alcohol issue, it’s a generational thing,” he said.
“It’s a systemic problem which hasn’t just formed from alcohol, it’s formed from us not being educated about liquor.”
Mr Parsons said the increased risk of people losing their jobs if they had a blood alcohol reading the next morning had made an impact on booze spending habits in town.
The Pilbara liquor enforcement unit and the City of Karratha did not respond to questions by the time of print.