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Groote Eylandt Liquor Management



The Groote Eylandt Liquor Management program was initiated by the Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO). Consultation and collaboration was sought from the broad range of stakeholders, including the Anindilyakwa Land Council (which represents the Traditional Owners), Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents, drinkers and non-drinkers, community councils, licensed premises, other local businesses, government agencies, and the police.

A liquor management committee, representing the various stakeholders, was formed to oversee development and implementation of the liquor management plan. After three years of extensive community consultations, the Groote Eylandt liquor management plan was passed as law under the Northern Territory Liquor Act in May 2005 and implemented on 1 July 2005.

The plan is specific to Groote Eylandt and applies only to the island. A key aspect is an alcohol permit system that enables permitted persons to possess and consume alcohol within restricted areas. Requirements for permit holders are clearly specified, along with consequences for failure to comply. There is a provision for the suspension of takeaway liquor sales during times of community tension.

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Anindilyakwa Land Council
30 Vougainvillea Drive
PO Box 172
Alyangula NT 0885
Tel: (08) 8987 4006
Fax: (08) 8987 4099

Related publications

Conigrave K, Proude E, D’Abbs P (2009)

Alcohol as a privilege, not a right: evaluation of the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island alcohol management system.

Paper presented at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2009. 1-4 November 2009, Darwin

Evaluated publications

Conigrave K, Proude E, d'Abbs P (2007)

Evaluation of the Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island alcohol management system.

Darwin: Northern Territory Department of Justice


Last updated: 2 November 2016
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