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Calls for alcohol reduction in Broome to curb antisocial behaviour

Date posted: 15 February 2017

A senior policeman from the Kimberley District police, has said the status quo of record rates of alcohol-fuelled violence and self-harm cannot continue in Broome, Western Australia (WA).

Superintendent Allan Adams posted a letter on social media saying it was time for a conversation about reducing alcohol supply in the north-west towns of Broome and Derby.

'Unfortunately the Kimberley district clearly leads the state in the number of assault-type offences as a proportion of population,' Mr Adams's post stated. 'Additionally, alcohol plays an active part in other acts of violence, self-harm, the caring of children and public disorder, with a number of these issues regularly on display for the wider population to witness.'

Moves to change and strengthen alcohol restrictions in other Kimberley towns prompted the police superintendent to initiate a discussion with the Derby and Broome communities, Mr Adams told the ABC. 'The Fitzroy Crossing/Halls Creek restrictions are being discussed again through the judicial process, Ian Trust is leading a conversation and leading action up in Kununurra and Wyndham,' he said. 'So I believe the status quo can't go unchallenged in Broome and Derby'.

Moves to reduce the supply of alcohol are supported by the manager of the Broome Sobering Up Shelter, David Mawoadung, who said the relative ease of obtaining alcohol in the tourist town was attracting problem drinkers. 'Most of my clients here are from Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and surrounding communities,' Mr Mawoadung said. 'It's because they can't get alcohol there that they come to Broome.'

Superintendent Adams is interested in the final reports on the trial of the cashless welfare card, due in April, and said it was working quite well in Kununurra. But he wanted his social media post to initiate a conversation that considered a range of options.

Source: ABC

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Last updated: 15 February 2017
 
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