BOTTLESHOPS will remain closed till noon on weekdays under a radical new plan being considered by Fremantle city council.
Mayor Brad Pettitt says the proposal for a six-month trial forms part of the council’s crackdown on alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.
He says grog shops open as early as 8am in the port city and by early afternoon some people are drunk and itching with aggro.
“We have already spoken to a large number of bottle shops and most of them are open to the idea,” the mayor says.
“There are a couple who are a bit sceptical about it, but we hope to get them on board in a voluntary capacity.
“We see groups of people travelling down from as far as Midland and Wanneroo to congregate in Fremantle and get drunk.”
The council’s controversial zero-tolerance policy to anti-social behaviour includes other measures already in place: rangers and police are targeting public drinking and loud and intimidating behaviour and opportunistic and aggressive begging.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK