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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Wangkatjungka Community, Western Australia

April, 2008

The Wangkatjungka people, who live in a remote area not far from Fitzroy Crossing, were the first to ask the West Australian government to make their community an alcohol free zone. So from April 2008, the only way to get a drink in Fitzroy Crossing is to go to the pub, the transportation and possession of all take-away alcohol is completely banned. Some tourists get caught unawares, the Fitzroy Crossing Lodge where we are staying wont sell take-away alcohol but you can have a drink at the bar and in the restaurant. The ban has been so successful, Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron said "These restrictions, which are fully supported by the Police and health authorities, have had a positive impact on the lives of the people living in the community, and as a result I have decided to extend them for a further 12 months." The restrictions apply to an area of more than 270 hectares and will be in place until April 2010.