The popular tourist town of Broome, in WA’s Kimberley, will introduce liquor restrictions in a bid to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community.
The town is a favourite holiday destination where tens of thousands of travellers flock every year to enjoy the pristine landscape, tropical climate, and the promise of a beer on the world-renowned Cable Beach.
But underneath this picture-postcard setting, the unlimited access to large amounts of takeaway alcohol has fuelled a dark side of violence and poverty.
Broome Shire president Harold Tracey has seen it firsthand.
“It’s devastating; it’s heartbreaking to see families and individuals absolutely destroyed by alcohol,” he said.