A ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol came into effect last Thursday at the Nine Mile, Eight Mile and Morata communities in Port Moresby.
The ban was formally passed by National Capital District Commissions Liquor Licensing Board following a petition that carried over one thousand signatures from residents of Eight Mile Settlement.
It is believed that with an alcohol ban in place, communities would see a reduction in alcohol-related social issues.
These areas are now alcohol-free zones and any person caught in possession of alcohol will be dealt with by the law.
The move to establish the ban on the sale of alcohol was welcomed by many mothers in the three communities. It also received huge support from the community leaders.
The Morata village court chairman told EM TV News that petty crimes in Morata will be cut by half, once the ban comes into full swing.
“Mothers will be able to sell their food and people will walk around freely,” said the village court chairman. He said alcohol causes many problems for the community and leaders believe the ban is the best way to address underage drinking.