The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has welcomed the WA Government’s announced trial of regulations to limit the quantity and types of liquor that can be legally transported in a vehicle in the Kimberley region.
AHA (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said sly grogging has been a long-standing problem in areas where liquor restrictions have been imposed so it was important that action was taken to address the issue.
“The AHA has been highlighting the issue of sly grogging for well over a decade so we welcome new regulations that will help address predatory behaviour in WA’s regional and remote communities,” Mr Woods said.
“Sadly, for far too long we have seen opportunists bring large quantities of beer and hard liquor into communities which circumvents and profits from the restrictions in place.”
“This illegal activity not only renders the restrictions ineffective, it penalises licensees who are abiding by the limitations on alcohol sales.”
“We also welcome the common-sense exemptions in the regulations for pastoralists, tourists and operators of remote work sites.”