North West Telegraph

Grog limit exemption for tourists

- STEPHANIE SINCLAIR

Sharing a few drinks with friends in the North West will be easier for some this dry season, after the State Government granted an exemption for bulk alcohol purchases for tourists visiting remote parts of the Kimberley.

It comes after the Kimberley Regional Group, made up of representa­tives from the shires of Broome, Derby/West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham-East Kimberley, submitted a request to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries calling for a review of liquor control conditions formed during COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

The regulation­s, formed under Section 31 of the Liquor Control Act, cap daily liquor purchases at one carton of beer, cider or premixed spirits, three bottles of wine, one litre of spirits, one litre of fortified wine, or a combinatio­n of two of the four categories.

In its letter to the DLGSC, the KRG called for tourists to be made exempt from the daily cap, expressing concerns visitors would be deterred from travelling to remote

Kimberley attraction­s such as the Gibb River Road if they were unable to buy alcohol in bulk for their journey.

The KRG also requested that Kimberley event holders be allowed to buy locally in bulk for functions. Amendments to the Liquor Control Act were confirmed late last month, with tourists joining pastoralis­ts and remote workers on the list of customers exempt from Kimberley liquor limits.

Tourists will be required to provide their residentia­l address, the address where the liquor is being taken, and their vehicle registrati­on number upon purchase.

Event holders have also been made exempt from the restrictio­ns and will be required to place orders 72 hours in advance of pick-up or delivery and complete a bulk purchase order form outlining the reason for their purchase.

KRG chairman Chris Mitchell said amending the restrictio­ns was high on the priority list of the group to make the upcoming tourist season more practical for local operators.

“It’s going to make things a lot easier for them,” he said.

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