FIFO GROG BAN FURY

Pil­bara work­ers won’t be able to buy booze on a Sun­day un­der new rules

The West Australian - - FRONT PAGE - Peter de Krui­jff

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.

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