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Liquor decision a positive outcome for Kimberley children’s wellbeing

Statement by the Commissioner for Children and Young People 

I welcome the Director of Liquor Licensing’s determination to refuse an application to relax liquor restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.

The proposed relaxing of takeaway alcohol sales was not in the best interests of local children and young people.

In consulting with Fitzroy Valley children and young people, I heard their personal experiences of the impact of alcohol in their daily lives and the belief that their lives were better without the influence of alcohol. A recurrent theme was that these children and young people felt safer and better cared for when their community was alcohol free.

I am pleased that the views of these young people have been heard.

Objections to the application were also submitted by the Executive Director of Public Health, the Commissioner of Police, the Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Womens Resource Centre and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. 

The Commissioner's full objection is available on the Commissioner's website.