The State Government has enacted legislation to ban liquor in a remote indigenous community in the Fitzroy Valley.
Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today announced the State Government had implemented new provisions under section 175(1a) of the Liquor Control Act to prohibit people from possessing and transporting liquor into the Wangkatjungka Aboriginal Community.
Ms Ravlich said the Government implemented the 175 (1a) provisions in response to an approach from the people of the Wangkatjungka community.
“I am pleased to be able to implement regulations that enforce significant restrictions on the transportation and possession of liquor in a community which has asked for State Government assistance,” the Minister said.
“Through direct consultation with the people of the Wangkatjungka Aboriginal Community, it is clear the community want tangible restrictions on the accessibility to alcohol.
“I am delighted that the State Government has been able to use this legislation for the first time to provide the community with what it clearly wants.”
The new legislation is part of the recently enacted liquor law reforms and allows the State Government to declare an area of the State a ‘restricted area’ prohibiting the transportation, possession and consumption of liquor within the designated area.
The regulations apply to an area in excess of 270ha encompassing the Wangkatjungka Aboriginal Community and will be in place for a period of 12 months.
Under the regulations, police will be able to seize and dispose of opened or unopened containers of liquor suspected of being brought into the restricted area.
Any person found in breach of the regulations is liable for a $2,000 fine, while any liquor licensee or approved manager can be fined $5,000.
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