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Port Hedland Council to engage with community on proposed liquor restrictions

Posted on: Thursday, 2 March 2017 at 10:29:42 AM

The Town of Port Hedland Council will engage in additional consultation with the community around the proposed liquor restrictions, after voting no to submitting support for the proposals.

On Monday night Council met to determine their position with regards to the application made by WA Police to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor to impose restrictions on the sale of take-away alcohol under section 64 of the Liquor Control Act 1988.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said decision by Council was not made lightly, taking into consideration the complexity and seriousness of the issue and the various approaches being taken by key stakeholders.

“After a lengthy discussion between the Councillors and questions and statements from the public, Council has agreed to progress with community consultation through an online survey to gauge community sentiment regarding the proposed liquor restrictions.

"The survey will also ask community about their thoughts on other measures such as the cashless welfare card and take away alcohol management systems such as that imposed through the courts,” he said.

“The proposed liquor restrictions may have a negative impact on some local businesses, sports clubs and residents so it’s important to formally engage and collect feedback from our community, whom we are elected to represent.

“The survey will be made live next week and will run for a two week period, and community members can complete the survey via our online engagement platform Your Say at www.yoursay.porthedland.wa.gov.au.

“Once the results have been compiled and analysed, we will present the final report to Council and we will then determine the next step forward.

“Council appreciates this is a multi-faceted issue which requires a multi-faceted approach, and in addition the survey will also be seeking a community position on other measures to address alcohol and drug addiction in our community.

"Based on the outcomes of this aspect of the survey, Council will seek to lobby State and Federal Government.

“The public comment period for the proposed liquor restrictions is open to everyone so I encourage all community members to participate in the public submission process which closes on Friday 7 April.

“Submissions can be addressed to the Director General of the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and emailed to rgl@rgl.wa.gov.au.”

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