Western Australia

Community leadership drives further liquor restrictions in Pilbara

An Aboriginal community in the Shire of East Pilbara has been declared a liquor restricted area following calls from community leaders to reduce alcohol-related harm in the region.

The restriction will apply to a 30 kilometre radius around Parnngurr, also known as Cotton Creek, which is approximately 400km from Newman.

This brings the total number of communities with bans in place to 23.

Under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988, WA Minister Paul Papalia issued the restriction, which comes into effect July 10 2018, making it an offence to sell or supply, and possess or bring liquor into the community.

Police will have the power to seize and dispose of liquor containers found in the community, and anyone found to be breaching the regulations would be liable to a $2,000 fine.

Tourists passing through Parnngurr, via Canning Stock Route or nearby camping grounds, will not be affected if they are carrying liquor, as long as it is not consumed within the restricted area.

The proposal was supported by WA Police, and local Aboriginal Corporations, with the restrictions to be in place for the next three years.

Source: WA Government