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The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA has commended the McGowan Government for the announced $1 million Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) trial in the Kimberley region, which is scheduled to commence in May.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the targeted measure is another step towards addressing problem drinking in Western Australia.

“The AHA has advocated for a BDR for over a decade – the announcement of a trial in the Kimberley builds on the trial already underway in the Pilbara and signals an important move away from the imposition of blanket restrictions, which have proved ineffective,” Mr Woods said.

“Preventing the purchase alcohol from those who have demonstrated an inability to drink responsibly is far more preferable and effective than preventing all law-abiding community members from buying a legal product.”

“We commend the McGowan Government and in particular Minister Paul Papalia for recognising the need to pursue and promote an innovative measure that has the support of the community, industry and Government.”

“We look forward to working closely with authorities throughout both trials to ensure they are successful.” 

“We also thank and recognise the Liquor Stores Association of WA for their cooperation and collaboration with the AHA and the State Government in the lead up to these trials.”

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