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Aboriginal corporations in Tennant Creek calling for tougher alcohol restrictions

Date posted: 6 April 2018

Aboriginal corporations in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory (NT), have asked the NT's new Liquor Commission for tougher alcohol restrictions in the town, with a view to making them permanent.

The commission held a public consultation in Tennant Creek this week about whether the restrictions, which were extended by three months in March, should be relaxed or retained.

In a joint submission, the Anyinginyi Health, Julalikari Council, and the Papulu Apparr-Kari language centre told the commission they want a further reduction in alcohol quantities available for sale. They said they would like those new restrictions to be in place for at least 12 months, with the possibility of making them permanent.

A discussion about the number of pubs, clubs and bottle shops in Tennant Creek, compared to the town's population size, was also needed, said Barbara Shaw, general manager of Anyinginyi Health. 'Reducing the number of alcohol outlets will certainly go a long way to managing the problem,' Ms Shaw said.

The corporations are also calling for therapeutic support and 'wrap-around' programs for people who end up on the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) because of chronic alcoholism.

Source: ABC

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