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 Ms MAYNARD: 10 am. I reckon that is wrong anyway. We have so many outlets in Katherine that it is just unreal, but Woolworths is another place from which a lot of alcohol is taken away and it is drunk less than 2 km out of the town. It is really a big problem. Mr POOLE: Do Woolworths control their sales reasonably well? Ms MAYNARD: Some of the people that I have seen walking out of there are way past it too. There needs to be some kind of policing of some of these outlets. Mr POOLE: Do you think they serve drunks too? Ms MAYNARD: Yes. In the car park of Woolworths shopping centre, people pester you if you have a trolley. We are charged $1 for our trolleys in Katherine and we are given a refund when we take them back. If you can pick up a few trolleys around the car park, you can get a few dollars quickly. Many people are pestered by children and also by adults. They are not necessarily people who are drunk, but there are people who basically are being a nuisance. It has been reported that people walking down the main street are pestered, and I suppose that happens in Darwin, but it is not always by drunk people. It is by people who want some money. They tell you they have broken down somewhere and they need some help. It is all ways and means of getting something out of you. This comes back to the necessity of having a a few policemen on the beat, controlling those type of people. Once again, it is a matter of resources because we hardly ever see police walking down the street. Mr POOLE: Do you believe the police numbers are down in Katherine? Ms MAYNARD: I think so, yes. Mr POOLE: In actual fact, over the last 2 years, they have been increased by 10. Ms MAYNARD: Is that so? Well, I do not know where they are. I do not see them. Mr POOLE: I say that because I asked the question the other day. Ms MAYNARD: If police are visible and even if they only walk up and down the street, people will think about law and order and watch out. We do not have that visible presence of the police. They are probably busy doing other things. The night patrol that Kalano is running is something that really needs to keep going and needs a lot of support from 3
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