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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


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Tabled by Eric Poole


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This approach is commended to the Sessional Committee and it is particularly recommended that the Liquor Commission be required to seek comment from the residents of a surrounding area before determining a "take away" licence application. It is Councils view that certain suburbs of Darwin are more than adequately serviced in this regard. By way of emphasis, reference is made to the comment on availability of alcohol made in the National Health Policy in Australia: "Even though there is no single invariable relationship between alcohol availability and alcohol problems, in every situation where it is proposed to increase availability, the real possibility of increasing problems should be considered. Similarly, the possibility of decreasing problems by reducing availability should also be given serious consideration" p.8. (b) Special Licences The paper commissioned by Council indicated the concern expressed by the Liquor Commission in its annual reports for 1987 and 1988 at the "excessive" issue of Special Licences for particular events. It was noted that the Commission is currently conducting a review of this upward trend which continued in 1989. Council wishes to record its own concern at a particular aspect of the issue of Special Licences which relates to underage drinking at public events or functions. Following complaints after a rock concert at the Gardens Amphitheatre towards the end of last year, Council drew together a range of people to provide advice on underage drinking at future concerts. The recommendations which this group provided to Council included a ban on carrying alcohol into the venue, exclusion of the sale of spirits and the strict monitoring of sales of alcohol to young people. These recommendations were adopted and have proven successful in creating a safer and more enjoyable environment for all concert goers. While circumstances differ between public events and functions, the possibility of similar conditions for Special Licences at such venues is commended to the Committee for consideration. (c) Public Drunkenness Public drunkenness is a highly visible problem in Darwin and has been very much a concern of council for many years. The increasing number of people taken into protective custody in a given year, for example 6132 people in 1988-89 at the Berrimah Police Station, indicates the size of the problem.

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