SCUAAC Briefing 9 February 1994 Alderman Gibbie Maynard representing the Katherine Town Council
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ALCOHOL ABUSE COMMITTEE - Wednesday 9 February 1994 KATHERINE MEETING Mr POOLE: Welcome. You have the opportunity to present whatever you want to present to the committee and we in turn can ask you questions as we go along. If you would prefer, we will wait until you have finished making your comments. I ask you to identify yourself and indicate the capacity in which you appear. We will send you a copy of the transcript later so that you can correct anything. Ms MAYNARD: My name is Gibbie Maynard and I am an alderman of the Katherine Town Council. I do not work in the area of alcohol abuse, but I am a concerned citizen of this town and see a lot of problems. I work in a school and therefore education probably will be something that I will be talking about also. We have Life Education programs in the schools and they come around once a year. I believe that is an area probably to which more resources could be directed because it is really targeting the young children and educating them about alcohol abuse. It is followed through to high school. It will not help the people who are already adults, but it will be beneficial I think to the next generation of children. We also have DARE programs that are run by a school-based policeman. We have only one school-based policeman in Katherine and he goes to all of the schools - I think it is one day a week - and targets different classes. This is also another area in relation to the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs where education is provided to the children, especially primary school and high school children. It will give them a better understanding of what drugs do to them, their effects and the social problems that will come later. That is probably an area where more money could be spent. It is happening a little, but I think that could happen much more. That is a little about the education aspect. I think we have to target the young children because they see their parents, their uncles and aunts. It is not only Aboriginal children, but white children too. Katherine and the Territory have a pretty good record for alcohol consumption and it would be good to get those children away from that. I am concerned about the policing of laws such as the 2 km law. I do not think it is really enforced as much as it should be and, once again, that is the result of lack of resources. The river is less than 2 km away from the town and there is also the hot springs. There are many areas around Katherine where this law is being abused. Why have this law if we cannot enforce it? If you were outside the discos in Katherine at 3 am or 4 am, the number of people you would see coming out who are so rotten that they can hardly stand up is a disgrace. They should not be being served. That is another area where there is a law. However, people should not be served once they are past it. 1
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