Minister in Carnarvon to hear community views on alcohol issues

10 February 2023

Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby travelled to Carnarvon on Thursday to meet the town's newly formed Liquor Accord to help tackle alcohol-related issues.

The Carnarvon Liquor Accord is considering measures in response to alcohol-related harm and anti-social behaviour.


The Minister said it was important local hotels and bottle shops were involved in responding to community concerns in Carnarvon. He recommended the Accord submit a proposal to the independent Western Australian Director of Liquor Licensing to consider.


Liquor accords have existed all over WA for many years as a cooperative approach is taken to develop a safe drinking culture and minimise harm.


The formation of the Carnarvon Liquor Accord last week was driven by the community to prevent alcohol-related issues and make the town safer. It includes representatives from licensed premises, the Shire of Carnarvon, WA Police and the Department of Health.


Alcohol-related harm is complex and restrictions are just one measure that can be used.


The McGowan Government is currently reviewing WA's liquor laws to introduce a range of reforms to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.


Last year funding was announced for an additional Intensive Family Support team in Carnarvon to address the underlying factors that lead to children being on the street. The successful Target 120 program is also being expanded into the coastal town. 


Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby:


"I'm pleased the Carnarvon community has taken the lead by forming the Liquor Accord to help address local alcohol-related issues.


"Restrictions are an important part of a multifaceted approach to tackle alcohol-related harm. It's vital Carnarvon liquor outlets are actively involved in responding to community concerns.


"Reducing alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour is not something the State Government can achieve alone. Collaboration is required between licensees, police, local governments, families and the entire community.


"Our Government strongly supports communities taking ownership of its own Liquor Accord as we find the best results come from community driven initiatives. I look forward to seeing real progress achieved in Carnarvon."


Minister's office - 6552 6300