The Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia (LSAWA) has sought urgent clarification from WA Police regarding an announcement this morning banning all sales of package liquor in South Hedland and Port Hedland for 22 hours starting 11am today.
LSAWA CEO Peter Peck said it is important for his members to fully understand why their businesses have been shut down for a day.
“We are extremely proactive with regard to the responsible sale and supply of liquor,” Mr Peck said.
“It is therefore somewhat disappointing that our members weren’t consulted or invited to work collaboratively with local police to resolve whatever alleged civil disorder did or was likely to occur as a result of going about our business.”
“Nevertheless, our members will cooperate with local authorities, but because the section of the Act cited in the police order (s.114) relates to there being some threat to the peace or civil order, we have written to seek clarification of the circumstances that led to our members and their staff not having paid work for today and possibly beyond.”
“The LSAWA openly acknowledges that a small group of individuals who have addiction or mental health issues and repeatedly misuse alcohol and other substances sometimes cause a significant harm to themselves and others.”
“However, restricting the vast majority of consumers who behave responsibly and closing legitimate businesses with the hope of blocking supply to a few, is neither sensible or effective.”
“We will make further comment when we have a better understanding of how this order came about,” Mr Peck said.