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Alcohol restrictions are being planned for Coober Pedy in South Australia's north following a rise in alcohol-related violence. The local council say it's become a party town, attracting outsiders who've come in search of a drink.
South Australia's liquor licensing commissioner, Paul White, was recently invited to the opal mining town to hear first-hand the problems caused by alcohol. In response, he's drawn up a proposal which will restrict the sale and supply of take-away alcohol by the town's three licensees, which includes a ban on selling cask wine and insisting on photo ID for all sales.
Scott Wilson from the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council said it's just moving the problem somewhere else and argues the state is lacking appropriate rehabilitation services, and that needs to be addressed.
The Coober Pedy Council admits restricting alcohol isn't a silver bullet. It's currently looking to update its alcohol management plan. The proposal is now being discussed with police, community groups, the council, and licensees.
Source: ABC news