Grog re­stric­tions in pub­lic hous­ing planned

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Liquor re­stric­tions could be rolled out to prob­lem Hous­ing Au­thor­ity com­plexes across the Pil­bara in an ef­fort to curb al­co­hol-re­lated an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Com­mon ar­eas of the no­to­ri­ous War­rier Street com­plex in Bul­garra were de­clared al­co­hol-free in Oc­to­ber last year, but booze can still be con­sumed in­side the homes.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Brendon Grylls said there had been anec­do­tal ev­i­dence from po­lice and the Depart­ment of Hous­ing that the re­stric­tions had cut an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour since be­ing in place.

“This has led Hous­ing to be­lieve it is some­thing they might pur­sue in their com­plexes across the Pil­bara to try deal with some of those in­stances where al­co­hol and par­ties get­ting out of con­trol not very friendly to live in,” he said.

Res­i­dent Char­maine Parker said she and fel­low oc­cu­pants had been sup­port­ive of the move.

“Peo­ple who drink need to think about the peo­ple who have lit­tle ones here and that go to school and gotta wake up,” she said. “The mums would al­ways be tired be­cause of the noise. It has been eas­ier to sleep, no fight­ing.”

Ms Parker said most of the al­co­hol-re­lated prob­lems had come from out­siders caus­ing trou­ble when they came to visit res­i­dents of the com­plex.

Mr Grylls said the re­stric­tions had given respite to oc­cu­pants in the com­plex and sur­round­ing res­i­dents.

Pil­bara District Po­lice act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Neville Dock­ery said WA Po­lice were work­ing with part­ners to help oc­cu­piers and peo­ple in con­trol of premises to re­strict al­co­hol and re­duce com­mu­nity harm from al­co­hol.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

War­rier Street res­i­dent Char­maine Parker and Pil­bara MLA Brendon Grylls, cen­tre, with Pil­bara District Po­lice as­sis­tant district of­fice Louise Ball, Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Neville Dock­ery, area man­ager Hugh Matkovich and Hous­ing Au­thor­ity re­gional man­ager Sha­ran Van Der Sluis.

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