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Liquor restrictions are being put in place in certain towns in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), following consideration of police evidence and public comments.
The restrictions are being imposed by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA, under section 64 of the Liquor Control Act 1988, in response to a report submitted to the Director of Liquor Licensing. The West Pilbara: report on alcohol-related harm, ill-health and disorder report was jointly submitted by the WA Police and the West Pilbara Alcohol Management Group, and presents the evidence and extent of alcohol-related harm being experienced by people in communities situated in the Pilbara.
The most recent figures available on alcohol consumption in the West Pilbara found that, in 2007-08, each person drank 25.84 litres (measured in pure alcohol), which was more than twice the WA State average of 12.45 litres.
The new laws will entail that bottleshops be closed on Sundays in 18 Pilbara towns, and liquor stores will have restricted sale times from 11am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday.
As of 8 October 2012, the restrictions are effective in the following Pilbara towns:
Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor WA
Level 1, 87 Adelaide Terrace
East Perth WA 6004
PO Box 6119
East Perth WA 6892
Ph: (08) 9425 1888
Ph: 1800 634 541 (freecall)
Fax: (08) 9325 1041