24-02 Liquor Accord Introduces New Measures to Reduce Alcohol Related Harm

Liquor Accord Introduces New Measures to Reduce Alcohol Related Harm

24-02 Liquor Accord Introduces New Measures to Reduce Alcohol Related Harm

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Liquor Accord has announced self-imposed measures to address alcohol related harm in the community. The measures include new year-round point of sale controls such as photo identification checks for anyone purchasing alcohol from local packaged liquor outlets.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the measures were an excellent example of the Accord members collaborating and self-regulating to reduce alcohol-fuelled disturbances.

“The Accord is making good progress, and we are coordinating better than we ever have in the past,” he said.

“People will now be refused service without an acceptable form of identification reducing the potential for street drinking and antisocial behaviour to occur.

“The measures are specifically aimed at eradicating the supply of alcohol to people from remote communities who exercise their right to ‘holiday’ and behave badly on the streets of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”

Other measures introduced by the Accord include establishing a communication platform, signage and voluntary tightening of sales to discourage excessive liquor consumption in the community. 

The agreement follows collaboration between retailers, Western Australia Police and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to target risky drinking behaviours by visitors to the City during the summer period.

“This is a multidisciplinary approach which recognises people in our community have had enough of the disruption happening in public spaces,” said Mr Walker.

“The strategies deployed over the summer period were extremely effective in reducing alcohol related harm and disturbances, and we see no reason for them not to continue. Police will also target people who are humbugged to purchase alcohol on behalf of others.

“This behaviour is clearly occurring in our community and will be eradicated with the full backing of law enforcement and Accord members.”

It is an offence under the Liquor Control Act 1988, to sell and carry liquor for the purpose of selling it without an approved licence or permits, and significant penalties apply.