Sur­vey looks at at­ti­tudes to booze re­stric­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A sur­vey ask­ing Kar­ratha res­i­dents whether fur­ther takeaway liquor re­stric­tions should be in­tro­duced in their area has opened.

Res­i­dents are be­ing asked to give their feed­back on the Takeaway Al­co­hol Man­age­ment Sys­tem, or TAMS, to in­form the City of Kar­ratha re­sponse to the West Pil­bara Al­co­hol Ac­cord, which is con­sid­er­ing in­tro­duc­ing it to stem al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence.

TAMS would limit the max­i­mum al­co­hol pur­chase for each per­son a day in the city to one car­ton of full-strength beer and ei­ther three bot­tles of wine or one bot­tle of spir­its.

It would be mon­i­tored through photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card checks and some ex­emp­tions would ap­ply for pre­ordered whole­sale or spe­cial oc­ca­sion pur­chases.

The sur­vey asks par­tic­i­pants how of­ten they buy takeaway al­co­hol, whether they sup­port the TAMS lim­its and the al­ter­na­tive op­tion of a cashless wel­fare card, and if they are in favour of uni­form liquor re­stric­tions across all Pil­bara towns.

At their De­cem­ber meet­ing, City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lors crit­i­cised TAMS as a blan­ket mea­sure that would af­fect lo­cal live­abil­ity, but voted to put the mat­ter to the pub­lic.

Pil­bara district po­lice sup­port TAMS as a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion to ris­ing rates of al­co­hol-re­lated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and fam­ily dys­func­tion in the Pil­bara, which has a per capita al­co­hol con­sump­tion rate twice that of the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

A trial of TAMS in Ku­nunurra and Wyn­d­ham since De­cem­ber 2015 has been con­sid­ered a suc­cess and was re­cently ex­tended un­til May.

The City of Kar­ratha TAMS sur­vey can be found at http://goo.gl/9cRzDu.

It closes on Fe­bru­ary 15 and re­sults will be dis­cussed at the City of Kar­ratha coun­cil meet­ing in March.

The re­sults will not be con­clu­sive but will in­form the coun­cil’s po­si­tion and fu­ture con­sul­ta­tions with the Di­rec­tor of Liquor Li­cens­ing.

Pic­ture: Rourke Walsh

Gul­liver’s Tav­ern gen­eral man­ager Pau­ric Ke­own with a Takeaway Al­co­hol Man­age­ment Sys­tem ma­chine.

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