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A highway sign on a remote highway pointing down the road to the Mingullatharndo Community.

Photo: Mingullatharndo Community highway sign. Image: Mr Kalsyn Smith, Mingullatharndo Committee.

Calls from the community for the State Government to ban alcohol in Mingullatharndo (Five Mile) have been heard, with the change applied by the Racing and Gaming Minister under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act.

The restrictions will be in place for an initial period of 5 years from 2 November 2023 and make it an offence to possess, supply or sell liquor in the residential area of Mingullatharndo, which was established in 1986 and is located about 8 kilometres south-east of Roebourne.

The liquor restrictions are a self-determined solution, supported by WA Police, the City of Karratha and neighbouring leaseholders. The aim is to bring down instances of social and physical harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption, promoting a safe and healthy environment.

Kalsyn Smith, whose parents and other family members are founders of the community, is a Mingullatharndo Committee member and former chairperson. He says the official registration of the community’s alcohol-free status is the vision of all who live and work there.

“We are pleased the State Government has responded to our request with liquor restrictions now in place for our community. It has been a long process but definitely worth pursuing.

“We are a community that provides employment, as well support for those struggling in life (individuals and families coming out of addiction such as alcohol or drug abuse) and we provide a safe place to raise and care for families and bring unity to divided families.

“Being an alcohol-free community helps us reduce the likelihood of violent behaviour caused by alcohol abuse entering our community and assists us maintain a safe place for our families.”

Liquor bans have resulted in positive outcomes for dozens of remote and regional parts of Western Australia.

Adding Mingullatharndo (Five Mile) to WA’s liquor restricted communities, takes the number to 28. Recently Joy Springs also became dry, as of 18 October 2023.

Information about section 175 liquor restrictions

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and broader State Government will continue to consult with communities on appropriate ways to collaboratively deal with the complex issue of alcohol-related harm.


Liquor restrictions only apply to Mingullatharndo residential community — not their pastoral lease — land description is Lot 300 on Deposited Plan 45651, being certificate of title volume 2969 on folio 405 (24 hectares).

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023