The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has welcomed the WA Government’s announcement today that the long-awaited Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) will be trialled for two years in the Pilbara region from 1 December 2020.
AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said this was the culmination of many years of work from industry and marked an important milestone in the fight to address problem drinking and the damage it imposes on individuals, families and the broader community.
“The announced trial of the BDR in the Pilbara represents a major step in the right direction towards a targeted, effective policy that focuses attention and resources on those that most need help when it comes to problem drinking,” Mr Woods said.
“The AHA has long advocated for Government’s to pursue policies that target individuals rather than impose blanket liquor restrictions on entire communities – the BDR represents that targeted solution.”
“This measure will prevent known problem drinkers from purchasing alcohol but equally important is the fact that those listed on the BDR will be directed towards support services to ensure they get the help they need.”
“We commend the WA Government and in particular Minister Paul Papalia for his leadership on this issue, which included close collaboration with industry representatives and licensed venues in the North West.”
“The AHA, licensed takeaway venues and the broader industry is committed to ensuring this trial is successful in the Pilbara so we can see it expanded to other areas where it is required.”