Kimberley leaders say police will need more resources to tackle the sly-grog trade which is expected to increase following the introduction of new laws banning problem drinkers from buying takeaway alcohol. The Kimberley Regional Group - an alliance of the four northern shires - has welcomed the passing of legislation which will make it easier for police and health workers to put people on a Banned Drinkers Register. However, Halls Creek Shire president Malcolm Edwards said he expected one side-effect would be more people seeking black-market alcohol. “Intergenerational disadvantage has seen some of the most vulnerable people in the region unable to break the cycle of alcohol abuse and violence,” Mr Edwards said. “We expect that sly-grogging will increase, so it is critical that police have the resources at hand to stop the grog coming illegally into our communities.” In a joint statement, the KRG said they had been calling for a suite of solutions to address alcohol-related harm for a long time and, “a strengthened Band Drinkers Register is a positive step.” KRG chair David Menzel said alcohol-related harm, was “a long-standing, complex issue across our region.” “Alcohol-related harm is a leading cause of anti-social behaviour and family and domestic violence tearing apart families and leading to violent and untimely death.” He said despite this there was a lack of drug and alcohol services in the region. “We urgently need investment into appropriate infrastructure and services including mental health, alcohol and other drug services across the Kimberley. This reform will only succeed if the wraparound services are provided.” Under the new laws, all bottleshops and online liquor providers will have to check customers’ identification to ensure they are not on the BDR. The trial legislation will be in place for two years. Mr Menzel said that was a very short time frame. “It is critical that local governments and communities are involved in the evaluation process,” he said. The KRG is also calling for the development and resourcing of a Kimberley Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Strategy to address the root causes of alcohol-related harm. The BDR changes are expected to be implemented across the Kimberley before Christmas.