FIFO GROG BAN FURY
Pilbara workers won’t be able to buy booze on a Sunday under new rules
Fly-in fly-out and other “hardworking” locals in the Pilbara will be banned from buying takeaway alcohol on Sundays after being caught up in “draconian” booze restrictions targeting problem drinkers.
Liquor Licensing director Duncan Ord will today outline a dramatic intervention that also will stop pubs and bottle shops across the region from promoting Aussie favourites such as Victoria Bitter, Fosters, Emu Export, Emu Bitter, Swan Draught, XXXX, Hahn and Tooheys.
The restrictions include a daily takeaway limit of one bottle of spirits or a combination of a carton of beer and three bottles of wine during the week.
Only “bona fide” tourists would be
able to get around the weekday quantity restrictions — but the director said that this benefit would not extend to FIFOs.
Stakeholders were only told yesterday about the new rules, which start on March 31.
The Red Sands Tavern in Newman opposed the potential Sunday booze ban in a submission to the director, saying the restrictions would only target the hard workers who lived around Newman because it was the only day they could get into town or were off work.
Karratha mayor Peter Long said the City opposed the decision given most of its residents were against the changes.
“Council is concerned these liquor restrictions will negatively impact local businesses and consumer choice, which detracts from our vision to become Australia’s most liveable regional city,” Mr Long said.
West Pilbara Liquor Accord chairman and bar owner Bart Parsons said the “draconian” new restrictions were not the answer to alcohol abuse issues in the community.
Mr Parsons said the accord had already come up with the alternative solution of a banned drinkers register trial to target problem drinkers.
Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said he was disappointed alternative solutions suggested by licensees had been ignored.