West Australian Police Commissioner Chris Dawson (pictured) wants to impose the nation’s most severe restrictions on the sale of alcohol across the entire northwest of Australia — including in the tourist hubs of Broome and Kununurra — under a secret proposal by police, who consider the region in unprecedented crisis.
After consulting frontline workers and indigenous leaders, Mr Dawson has asked the WA Director of Liquor Licensing for a radical crackdown on bottleshops in every town in the region.
“This application has been made as a result of ongoing concerns regarding the harms of excessive alcohol consumption across the Kimberley,” Mr Dawson said.
“These harms are significant. They impact upon law and order in the community in addition to the health and welfare of community members, and can only be addressed through a combined whole-of-government and community effort.”Read more...