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Some Of The Toughest Booze Restrictions On Cards For Pilbara

Mining towns in Pilbara could cop some of the hardest booze restrictions in WA if a controversial proposal gets green-lighted.

The proposed restrictions would include:

- a ban on full-strength takeaway beer sales, only one mid-strength carton per person per day would be available.

- Spirits would be capped at one 750ml bottle per person and wine would be limited to three bottles.

- Those wanting a combination of beer, wine and spirits would only be able to buy half the daily maximum of each.

- A 33 percent reduction in bottleshop trading hours from Monday to Saturday, and a complete ban on takeaway sales on Sunday.

- Bottleshops to change the current opening time from 11am to 2pm.

The restrictions would affect the mining towns of Karratha, Port Hedland, Newman, Paraburdoo and Tom Price as well as the tourist town of Exmouth and other smaller communities.

The submission said that the level of alcohol-related harm in the Pilbara was “extreme”.

“…in pockets it is out of control, requiring the imposition of restrictions on the availability of alcohol to provide a circuit-breaker in an attempt to restore normality,” The West Australian reported.

Despite the level of alcohol-related issues across the Pilbara, including child sexual abuse and domestic violence, the proposal faces strong opposition from Pilbara residents and liquor retailers.

Australian Hotels Association chief executive Bradley Woods described the police plan as “ridiculous” and said it would unfairly affect the majority of responsible drinkers who lived and worked in the region.

“The AHA believes that the solution is in banning problem drinkers through a ‘banned drinkers’ register that ensures that all takeaway alcohol outlets do not serve those people, rather than placing a restriction on the entire population, preventing them from accessing a legally available adult product,” he said.

Read more at The West

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