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Town seeks views on alcohol management

Posted on: Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 10:27:29 AM

Community appetite for a range of alcohol management options in the Town of Port Hedland will be tested in a survey released today.

The questionnaire will ask for community opinions around four alcohol management options that could be used individually or in concert to reduce alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour.

Measures being surveyed are all implemented by other levels of Government. The Town will play an advocacy role in passing on community sentiment to State and Federal Government agencies who are in charge of implementing the policies

Town of Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said any alcohol management strategies needed to strike the balance between reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and allowing the purchase of alcohol for the majority of residents who were drinking responsibly.

“This is a very sensitive issue and we need to make sure our community’s views are heard loud and clear and are passed onto the State and Federal Governments to inform their decisions on alcohol management," Cr Blanco said.

“I have been a strong advocate for our community on this issue and I am committed to getting the policies and services we need in our Town to ensure we have a safe environment.

“None of the options we are surveying will fix the problem alone. I’m also advocating to increase support services such as rehabilitation facilities, diversionary programs and counselling services so we have a holistic solution to this issue.

“I have been meeting with State and Federal Government Ministers and Departments to alert them to the problems we are facing here and we are finally starting to get traction and support to do something about these issues.”

The four alcohol management strategies being surveyed are:

  • The Section 64 liquor restrictions currently under application by WA Police;
  • A healthy welfare card using the model trialed in Kununurra and Wyndham;
  • A takeaway alcohol management system that restricts the amount of alcohol that can be purchased by an individual person in a 24 hour period; and
  • Court ordered restrictions on alcohol for those found guilty of alcohol-related crimes.

The survey can be found at http://yoursay.porthedland.wa.gov.au/alcohol-management-survey?tool=survey_tool

The survey will remain open until Friday 31 March.

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