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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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ISSUES 1. NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY ON ALCOHOL The overriding recommendation of the position paper put to Council was to request the Government to formally adopt the National Health Policy on Alcohol which was agreed to by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy in 1989. This document provides a sound direction for educational policies, control policies, legal policies, the role of the non-government sector and the community, research policies and treatment policies. It also contains examples of strategies for implementation. As the Minister for Health and Community Services has recently announced the Governments decision to adopt this policy document, Council wishes to support this decision as it provides the Government with a sound policy platform from which to consider more detailed strategies. 2. CONTROL POLICIES (a) Availability - Liquor Licences Each new liquor licence application in Darwin is referred to Council by the Liquor Commission for comment. Last year a meeting was held with the Chairman of the Liquor Commission to ascertain the nature of issues it was considered appropriate for Council to comment upon. The Chairman was of a view that Council should raise any matter it considered of relevance to the community on the basis that Aldermen are the locally elected representatives of the community and are in touch with local concerns and opinions. Since then Council has commented upon both physical and social planning issues in connection with particular liquor licence applications. In general terms, when considering applications for on"1icences, particularly for restaurants, Council has commented on town planning matters such as access, parking, traffic movement and the amenity of the area. However with applications for "take away" licences, the number of existing "take away" licences in the area and the attitude of local residents have also been given prominence.

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