Western Australia Minister for Racing and Gaming Terry Waldron
Liquor Restrictions Declared For Pilbara Communities
Victor P Taffa
The Aboriginal Communities of Irrungadji and Punmu in the Shire of East Pilbara will be declared restricted areas under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988.
Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said with the publication of the regulations in coming weeks, it would be an offence to sell/supply, possess or bring liquor into the communities.
“Members of both communities wrote to me asking for the introduction of regulations under section 175 of the Act to prohibit alcohol in these communities.” Mr. Waldron said.
“The community representatives said they considered these restrictions the most effective way of reducing the amount of alcohol-related harm and ill-health in the community.”
The Minister, who visited the communities yesterday, said liquor licensees breaching the restrictions would be liable for a $5,000 fine, while all other people in breach of the restrictions would face a $2,000 fine.
The restrictions give Police the power to seize and dispose of opened or unopened liquor containers throughout the community.
The proposal to make the communities restricted areas were supported by WA Police and the Shire of East Pilbara.
The announcement of restrictions in Irrungadji, which is located in the Town Site of Nullagine and Punmu, 680 km North-East of Newman, brings the total number of Aboriginal communities with section 175 restrictions to 12.