NEW ALCOHOL RULES IN COOBER PEDY

Monday, 30 September 2013 9:10am

New rules come into effect from today regarding the purchase of alcohol in Coober Pedy.

The South Australia Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, Paul White, announced the new rules for take-away alcohol sales in the outback township in an effort to curb alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

Takeaway sales of cask wine will be banned, while wine and spirits will be limited to one bottle per person per day.

Takeaway sales will also banned to anyone from defined “prescribed lands”, including the Umoona Community, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, and other Aboriginal lands in South Australia, Western Australian and the Northern Territory.

The Commissioner has developed these conditions following extensive consultation with the Coober Pedy District Council and community residents, SA Police, representatives of the Aboriginal communities, the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, health providers and licensees.

Educational posts have been produced  in both English and Pitjantjatjara in order to explain the new rules to the community.

 The new take-away conditions specifically state:

•     The licensee shall not sell or supply liquor for off-premises consumption to any person who resides at a ‘prescribed land’ identified as Umoona Community, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Ngaanyatjarra Lands and Tjuntjuntjura Lands in Western Australia, or the Northern Territory communities of Docker River/Kaltukutjara, Imanpa/Mt Ebenezer, Hermannsburg/Ntarja, Maryvale/Tijikala, Santa Teresa/Ltyentye Apurte and Finke/Aputula.
•     The licensee shall not sell or supply liquor for off-premises consumption to any person if the licensee has reason to suspect the liquor may be taken to a ‘prescribed land’ as defined herein.
•     The licensee shall not sell or supply liquor for off-premises consumption to any person who does not produce photographic identification.
•     Photographic identification means a current driver’s licence, international passport, proof of age card issued by the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure or equivalent in another Australian State or Territory.
•     The licensee shall not sell or supply liquor for off-premises consumption other than between 11am – 8pm each day.
•     The licensee shall not sell or supply liquor for off-premises consumption in a container commonly known as a cask.
•     The licensee shall ensure that the sale or supply of wine, port wine, fortified wine or spirits for off premises consumption is limited to the maximum of 750 ml per person per day.