More li­censed CBD venues are planned

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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