Survey looks at attitudes to booze restrictions
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.
Gulliver’s Tavern general manager Pauric Keown with a Takeaway Alcohol Management System machine.