Western Australia Minister for Racing and Gaming Terry Waldron
Liquor Restrictions Announced For Three More Communities
Victor P Taffa
The Aboriginal communities of Kundat Djaru (Ringer Soak), Nicholson Block and Koongie Park in the Shire of Halls Creek will be declared restricted areas under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988.
Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said once regulations were published in coming weeks, it would be an offence to sell/supply, possess or bring liquor into the communities.
“Members of the 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 visited the communities last week and said liquor licensees breaching the restrictions would be liable to a $5,000 fine, while all other people in breach of the restrictions would face $2,000 fines.
The restrictions give Police the power to seize and dispose of opened or unopened liquor containers found in the community.
The proposal to make the three communities a restricted area was supported by WA Police and the Shire of Halls Creek and the restrictions will be in place for the next three years.
“This brings to 10 the number of communities operating under a section 175 alcohol ban with more in the pipeline.” Mr. Waldron said.
“The State Government is very pleased with the progress being made and I congratulate these communities for taking on alcohol abuse which is a major threat to personal and social health.”
David Tchooga (Chairperson), Minister Terry Waldron, Tomato Gordon (Elder) and Michael Rex ( Vice Chair) from Ringer Soak.