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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Six Kimberley homes declared alcohol-free zones

Date posted: 24 January 2012

Six homes in Western Australia's Kimberley region have been declared alcohol-free as part of a new scheme to reduce the impact of alcohol in Aboriginal communities. Part 3 of the Liquor Control Amendment Act 2011 relating to Liquor Restricted Premises was proclaimed in October 2011, which allows the Director-General of the Department of Child Protection to apply to have any home in Western Australia declared an alcohol-free zone. It also allows owner-occupiers of homes and businesses to apply to the director of Liquor Licensing to have their premises declared alcohol restricted.

Western Australia's Minister for Racing and Gaming, Terry Waldron, says police can charge people if they breach the rules applying to the alcohol-free homes. 'You cannot take alcohol into that residence, you cannot consume alcohol on that residence. So it is an alcohol free residence,' he said. Mr Waldron says in some cases family members have applied to have their houses made alcohol-free safe houses.


Honourable Terry Waldron MLA
Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming
8th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
West Perth WA 6005
Ph: (08) 6552 6100
Fax: (08) 6552 6101

Western Australian Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
Ph: (08) 9425 1888
Ph: 1800 634 541 (Free Call)
Fax: (08) 9325 1041


Last updated: 24 January 2012
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