A submission to halve the amount of takeaway alcohol sold in WA's far north has detailed distressing accounts of gang rape and of a five-year-old girl infected with gonorrhoea.
The Kimberley-based Wunan Foundation has written to the West Australian Government and the director of liquor licensing, requesting the daily quota of takeaway alcohol in the towns of Wyndham and Kununurra be halved.
The submission, obtained by the ABC, has been compiled with the support and input of local police, hospital staff and child protection workers.
In his letter to Premier Colin Barnett, Wunan executive chairman Ian Trust said some of the case studies were "truly horrific, and as a leading Aboriginal organisation in the region, Wunan cannot accept what's happening here".
The case studies attributed to local government workers include a graphic account by a child protection worker of a 14-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted by a group of drunken men and later committed suicide.
"They put a bag over this boy's head and all assaulted him together," the submission said.
"This boy was severely traumatised, but he wasn't able to identify the men because they'd put the bag over his head. He thought he knew who some of them were by the sounds of their voices.
"A few months later, when he was 15, he was drinking at a party and got very drunk. We think that some of the men who'd assaulted him might have been at the party, because this young boy went outside while everyone else was inside drinking and committed suicide."
'Nobody is protecting or caring for them'
The child protection worker also wrote of a family in which five children were found to have the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.
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"The mother is a drinker ... she told us she didn't know who had abused her daughter. The child wouldn't say," they wrote.
"When we brought the child back to the family after getting treatment, she went over to her mum and the mum said "F*** off and go play!
"That little girl was picked up about two weeks later and we found the mum and her partner and a whole lot of other people in the house, all rotten drunk.
"This is how kids get sexually abused, everyone gets drunk and passes out — without making sure that their kids are in a safe house. So anyone can do anything to these kids, because nobody is protecting them or caring for them."
A St John ambulance paramedic told of attending a callout at a Kununurra home, where the "abuse and neglect and violence" was "horrifying".
"When we entered the house there was gambling going on and someone was breastfeeding a baby while drinking from a bottle of Jim Beam," the paramedic wrote.
"Two intoxicated adults were having sex and there was a little kid sitting right beside them."
Self-harm callouts were alcohol-related
Statistics included in the report highlight the extent of alcohol-related harm in the Kimberley, with alcohol-related hospitalisations in the Kimberley more than four time the statewide average.
The submission states that over the three months from August to November, all 11 ambulance callouts for self-harm were alcohol-related.
More than 80 per cent of all ambulance callouts and domestic assaults involved intoxicated people.
The Kimberley region is a patchwork of liquor restrictions, and the East Kimberley is no exception.
The current arrangement allows each person to purchase either six bottles or two cartons of beer per day — an amount critics say is more than enough to sustain non-stop binge drinking.
Earlier this year, authorities tried to negotiate directly with bottle shop owners to reduce the daily amounts sold, but no agreement was reached, prompting work to begin on the submission lodged in December with the WA director of liquor licensing Barry Sergeant and Mr Barnett.
It is expected Mr Sergeant will now run a consultation process, before making a decision in relation to Kununurra and Wyndham.
Police back liquor reduction
WA Police have thrown their support behind the reduction in liquor sales.
Officer in charge of Kununurra police station Senior Sergeant Steve Principe said most Australians had no idea of the level of alcohol-related dysfunction in the region.
"As a result of alcohol abuse ... we've got people with serious injuries, they've been scolded with hot water, spiked with star-pickets, rocks, there's some really horrific injuries," he said.
"Until we can control the supply of alcohol, we don't see any light at the end of the tunnel to try and reduce those elements of the community."
But Kununurra publican Bevan Spackman, who runs one of the town's two takeaway alcohol outlets, believes increasing restrictions will damage the local economy and negatively affect the majority of Kununurra's residents who drink responsibly.
"The problem with increasing restrictions is that it punishes the people who are doing the right thing and will damage our reputation as a tourist destination," he said.