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Scan plan sidestep
Scan plan sidestep

The East Kimberley Liquor Accord plans to sidestep the State Government to introduce photo identification scanning at alcohol outlets.

The accord has been lobbying liquor licensing director Barry Sargeant to scrap existing restrictions after local stakeholders agreed on an alternative model in February.

Under the accord proposal, an individual could purchase more alcohol in one day, but ID-scanning machines would prevent them from buying the maximum amount from more than one store.

Licensees would share the recorded information, but not store it, to prevent people from exceeding the limit at different store.

But progress of the ID-scanning proposal stalled when it was denied by Mr Sargeant.

Last week, accord member and Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley president John Moulden met with Mr Sargeant and Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron to discuss the proposal. Mr Moulden said the talks revealed the card system could be implemented without government support.

SWEK will now write to the liquor licensing director Mr Sargeant to find out whether he would consider lifting the current restrictions to test the accord model.

Accord chairman Michael Skinner said local stakeholders wanted an opportunity to show their system could work, but its success could not be tested with current restrictions in place.

“To prove whether it works is going to be very difficult if the current system remains,” he said.

“There still needs to be some sort of (indication) from the director of whether he is considering lifting the current bans.”

If the accord decided to implement the project without government support, Mr Skinner said funding it could be problematic as the cost would be about $40,000.

Current restrictions, introduced in February last year, limit the sale of alcohol to between 5pm and 8pm, and the amount people can buy.

There are no measures in place to stop people buying the maximum from more than one outlet.

Barry Sargeant was not available for comment.

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