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Broome licensees will be applying for a grant of at least $75,000 through the Western Australian (WA) Royalties for regions program, the resultant funding of which will go towards implementing a trial of ID scanning technology to identify banned patrons and problem drinkers.
The applicants will be applying as one, under the moniker the Broome Liquor Accord. This Accord is chaired by Shire president Graeme Campbell, and counts police, as well as restaurant, hotel, and bottle shop managers, among its members. The Accord hopes that this 'proactive approach' will negate the need for alcohol restrictions to be imposed in Broome. The Accord will lobby the State Government for funds to support a year-long trial of 15 of the ID scanning machines in Broome pubs, bottle shops, and its nightclub.
WA Director of Liquor Licensing Barry Sargeant has yet to endorse a similar approach in the towns of Kununurra and Wyndham. Mr Sargeant has said he needs more time to consider the impact of current restrictions in the East Kimberley towns. These restrictions prevent sales of full-strength alcohol for all but three hours a day, six days a week. A 12 month report by the Drug and Alcohol Office of WA on the restrictions will be delivered in June.
Source: The West Australian
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