- Community leaders call for State Government assistance to improve public safety
- Regulations will prohibit alcohol in the Pilbara community of Parnngurr
- The liquor restriction will come into effect and be enforceable from July 7, 2018
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, Minister Paul Papalia issued the restriction, which comes into effect tomorrow, 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.
Comments attributed to Acting Racing and Gaming Minister Bill Johnston:
"It's pleasing that the Parnngurr community leaders have taken charge, calling on the prohibition of alcohol to protect their people.
"I commend the leaders for asking for these bans and the McGowan Government will continue to support them in their efforts to help their people thrive.
"The harm alcohol abuse causes are well documented and these communities are ready to stop the cycle.
"By supporting the community in minimising liquor related incidents we are enhancing the safety and well-being of all community members, including neighbouring communities."
Minister's office: 6552 5600