Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich has responded to the Coroner’s report into five Aboriginal deaths in Oombulgurri by commencing proceedings to enact alcohol restrictions in the troubled community.
Ms Ravlich said Coroner Hope’s report highlighted a community desperately affected by alcohol abuse and she would be moving immediately on the Coroner’s recommendations concerning alcohol.
“As Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act, I need to decide if the best way forward is for Oombulgurri to become a dry community or for liquor restrictions to be implemented,” she said.
“Section 175 (1) (a) of the Liquor Control Act enables me to recommend to the Governor that an area be specified as a ‘restricted area’ and prohibits the entry of alcohol into, the possession or consumption of alcohol in that area.”
The Liquor Control Act requires consultation with the police, the local shire and the local community and the Minister said she would visit the Oombulgurri community early next week to begin that process.
The section 175 (1) (a) provisions were introduced last year as part of the Carpenter Government’s generational liquor reforms to provide legislative support for communities either declaring themselves dry or seeking to implement alcohol management programs.
“Section 175 restrictions were recently announced for the Wangkatjungka Community in the Fitzroy Valley, to support that community’s ‘dry’ status and other communities across the Kimberley have approached my office and expressed interest in obtaining section 175 support,” Ms Ravlich said.
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