Street drinking ban

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Authorities say they will toughen their response to Australia Day celebrations by clamping down on street drinking and antisocial behaviour throughout Port Hedland.

Sergeant Jayd Morawski has warned if revellers did not act responsibly at next weeks celebrations, any offenders may cop attract significant fines for their behaviour.

The Port Hedland police will work together with the Town of Port Hedland and Hedland State Emergency Services to stay on top of the problem at events across the town and to reduce the amount of street drinking.

Police will be stationed at all major event locations on the day including Cemetery Beach, the Spoilbank and Centenary Park as well as patrolling the town in their regular day to day duties.

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“We are hopeful that the community comes together and has a fantastic day. We want people to enjoy the day for what it is,” Sgt Morawski said.

“What we aren’t going to tolerate is anyone that ruins it for anyone else.”

Under the Liquor Control Act 1998, it is an offence to drink liquor in any public place without the consent of the owner or controlling authority. This includes areas such as streets, parks, reserves, car parks and beaches.

Police have been instructed to take a no tolerance approach during the course of the day.

“If you are seen with an open vessel containing liquor, you’ll be receiving a fine,” Sgt Morawski said.

“For those going to the fireworks have a great time, have a great family night. But leave the esky at home.”

For those wanting to have a drink or two to celebrate, the police encourage people to either go to a licensed venue such as a pub or to stay at home.

“Have fun, have a great time. Just don’t be silly.”

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