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The community of Cheeditha is set to become the 16th in north-west Western Australia (WA) to be declared alcohol-free.
Under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act, the WA Government will impose a total liquor ban in the Indigenous community, which is located near Roebourne in the Pilbara region. Section 175 restrictions make it illegal to possess or consume alcohol on community land.
The Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming, Terry Waldron, says the community asked to be declared alcohol-free in a bid to combat alcohol-related issues.
'The great thing is the community leaders and the community themselves have recognised this,' Minister Waldron said.
'I don't impose these, the community comes to me so I work with the community to get to this point. We now need to do the regulations, it has to be signed off by the Governor etc.
'It will take a couple of months but once it has gone through the process then if you bring alcohol onto the community, if you consume alcohol on the community or you're in possession of alcohol on the community, you break by the law and that will be enforceable by the police.'
Source: ABC Online Indigenous
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