Shire of Broome, Media Release, 16 July 2021
Alcohol restrictions will be in place in Broome and Derby for the next two years after the State Government announced a hard launch of the initiative today – which is fully supported by the Shire of Broome.
While not being the core function of a local government, the Shire has advocated in recent years for the implementation of measures to tackle alcohol-related harm in our region.
Although the State Government will manage the 24-month trial of a Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) and Takeaway Alcohol Management System (TAMS), the Shire has contributed $55,000 towards the initiative with a further $135,000 funding coming from the Kimberley Regional Group.
BDR technology allows businesses to scan customers’ identification, giving liquor outlets a real-time tool to identify anyone who cannot legally be sold alcohol.
This will be combined with TAMS technology, which ensures customers do not exceed the volume of alcohol that can be purchased in a day.
Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey, who met with WA Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby this morning, said the trial was a step in the right direction.
“Alcohol abuse is a real issue in Broome and the Kimberley – it drains critical services in our communities and is a major factor behind anti-social behaviour,” he said.
“While these new measures are relatively modest, it is a meaningful start to tackling what has become an endemic social problem across the region.
“I’d like to thank our industry partners for their willingness to participate and the Broome community for their co-operation.
“For the vast majority of residents and visitors, the only change will be the need to present identification when purchasing takeaway alcohol, while measures are in place for tourism operators, pastoralists and those facilitating events to apply for an exemption through WA Police to make larger purchases.”