- Kalumburu Aboriginal community declared an alcohol restricted area
- State Government responds to calls from community to reduce alcohol-related harm
- Total number of communities with liquor bans in place, up to 22
The Aboriginal community of Kalumburu in the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley will be declared a liquor restricted area from tomorrow (March 4) in a bid to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.
Responding to the concerns of the public and Kalumburu community leaders, Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia ordered the ban under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act 1988.
The ban applies to a 20-kilometre radius around the Kalumburu community, and will make it an offence to sell/supply and possess or bring liquor into the community - enforceable by local police.
Tourists passing through the restricted area to use nearby camping grounds will not be affected.
The restriction comes following requests from community leaders to introduce regulations that minimise alcohol-related harm in their community.
The Minister visited Kalumburu earlier this year to consult with community representatives, on the proposed restriction, who were supportive of the move as an effective way of reducing social and physical harm related to excessive alcohol consumption.
The proposal was also supported by both WA Police and the Shire, with the restrictions to be in place for the next three years.
Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
"The State Government has heard the concerns of the Kalumburu Aboriginal community and is responding accordingly.
"Further consultation with relevant parties has informed my view that it is in the public interest to introduce this restriction.
"The Kalumburu residents deserve to have a safe and secure community, and the restriction is a step in the right direction.
"We've already seen positive outcomes from similar remote communities that have shown these restrictions can be effective in reducing harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption."
Minister's office - 6552 5600