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A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will trial a banned drinkers register in Kalgoorlie

Posted on January 14, 2021
  • A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will trial a banned drinkers register in Kalgoorlie
  • The scheme will be modelled on the current Banned Drinkers Register in the Pilbara, which has been operating since December 2020
  • Initiative targets problems drinkers rather than introducing a blanket ban and aims to reduce alcohol related harm

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will work to reduce alcohol related harm in Kalgoorlie by trialling a banned drinkers register.

The scheme, which has operated in the Pilbara since December 2020, targets problem drinkers and restricts their access to takeaway alcohol.

People who are subject to a current Prohibition Order or Barring Notice are placed on the BDR. People can also volunteer to be placed on the BDR, which will operate with a technological system that scans an ID and displays a green light if the sale can proceed. A red light will be displayed if the individual is a registered banned drinker and cannot legally be sold takeaway alcohol.

The scanner will also include the Takeaway Alcohol Management System, which allows customers to responsibly purchase alcohol according to a daily volume limit for their area.

Personal information on the BDR will remain confidential and no records will be kept by licensees about the purchaser, what they have purchased or if they have been refused service.

Those identified as banned drinkers will be directed to appropriate community services to provide access to relevant support programs and initiatives.

The trial is expected to be rolled out in the electorate of Kalgoorlie, which includes Laverton, Leonora and Menzies.

Comments to be attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:

“A re-elected WA Labor Government will help keep the community of Kalgoorlie safe and strong through a trial of a banned drinkers register.

“The system is based on the system that has been operating for just over a month in the Pilbara.

“The banned drinkers register is a useful tool for reducing alcohol related harm in the community and when WA Labor candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent raised the prospect of a trial here in Kalgoorlie, I was happy to assist.”

Comments to be attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent:

“The banned drinkers register is an effective way of targeting alcohol abusers rather than a blanket ban across a whole demographic who have proven to have no higher rates of alcohol problems.

“Many people have raised the issue of alcohol-related harm with me and I have been working alongside Kyle McGinn MLC to see if we could get a trial here in Kalgoorlie.

“I am delighted to hear that a re-elected McGowan Government has committed to undertake a trial.”

Comments attributed to Member for Mining and Pastoral Kyle McGinn MLC:

“Since working in a bottleshop in Darwin where a banned drinkers register was successful in reducing alcohol-related harm, I have seen how this system can work.

“After working with Minister Papalia to successfully introduce a trial in the Pilbara region, I have been advocating for the program to be rolled out in the Goldfields as well.

“The very important difference with this program is that it targets problem drinkers and is not applied to a whole community.

“I look forward to seeing how this tool will help our community.”