- 24-unit Karratha apartment complex common areas now liquor-free
- Self-imposed liquor restrictions help tenants control visitor behaviour
- More than 260 single dwellings and seven common areas now liquor restricted across WA
The Director of Liquor Licensing has declared the common areas of a 24-unit apartment complex in Karratha liquor-free, the biggest such property in Western Australia to date.
Housing and Racing and Gaming Minister Brendon Grylls said Liquor Restricted Premises Declarations, introduced by the Liberal National Government in 2010, were proven to have an impact on reducing disruptive behaviour in public housing.
"Alcohol is often associated with disruptive behaviour and it is often the case that tenants have difficulty in controlling the behaviour of visitors when alcohol is involved," Mr Grylls said.
"Liquor restrictions are effective in empowering public housing tenants to manage their tenancies and the Liberal National Government supports any application where a tenant is seeking to have a declaration over their house."
Liquor restrictions are now in place for 266 single dwellings and seven complexes in regional Western Australia, as well as 15 single dwellings in the Perth metropolitan area. In this case, common areas of the complex have been declared liquor restricted to ensure tenants and visitors were unable to consume alcohol in these areas.
"A tenant seeking to have their premises declared liquor restricted can advise their local Housing Authority officer, who will provide them with an application and assist them with the process," the Minister said.
"If someone drinks or takes liquor into a restricted property, police can seize the liquor and take action against the person who committed the offence.
"Both the State Government and WA Police believe this is a positive step in reducing disruptive behaviour."
Anyone convicted of bringing liquor onto a restricted premises or consuming it there is committing an offence under the Liquor Control Act 1988 and may be fined up to $2,000.
- When a Liquor Restricted Premises Declaration is issued, a notice must be displayed on the property. Police are empowered to enter restricted premises if they believe an offence is being committed
- The Housing Authority is unable to compel a tenant to apply for liquor restriction as a condition of tenancy but will consent to any application by a tenant for restriction
- Where a new tenant occupies a property in a complex with a declaration over the common area, they are advised that the declaration is in place prior to signing their tenancy agreement
- Some declarations have an expiry date and tenants may apply to have the restrictions removed
Housing and Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100