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South Hedland petition to stop sale of grog

Date posted: 22 September 2016

Community members are petitioning the Western Australia (WA) State Government in a bid to force Liquorland South Hedland to close its doors as a way of curbing antisocial behaviour in the town.

Close to 200 residents, including representatives from Bloodwood Tree, IBN, Aboriginal Family Law Service and the Punmu and Yandeyarra communities, signed the petition calling for the store to be removed from the town's shopping centre.

'[The shopping centre is] not a good place to sell alcohol because it's a public place and it's a family venue,' said Aboriginal Elder and petition leader, Phillip Wright. Mr Wright's efforts to find a solution to Hedland's alcohol and drug-related issues in the past six months has been supported by Hedland police.

Campaigners believe they have a precedent after Coles shut its Liquorland outlet in Kununurra in 2014.

The petition was tabled in State Parliament this month by Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Stephen Dawson.

Source: North West Telegraph

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Last updated: 22 September 2016
 
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