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Inquiry into public drunkenness in Central Australia, November 1995



Inquiry into public drunkenness in Central Australia, November 1995


Finch, Fred; Northern Territory. Legislative Assembly. Sessional Committee on Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community


Parliamentary reports; ParliamentNT; Report Number 7




Alice Springs




Alcoholism -- Australia -- Alice Springs Region (N.T.); Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Australia -- Alice Springs Region (N.T.)

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Northern Territory Government

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Report Number 7


iv, 46 pages ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



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The ASSIWG has applied to the Northern Territory Government and has been granted ap~roval under the 'Wine Cask Levy' for the introduction of an Aboriginal Warden Scheme. Th1s scheme Will be put m place by the Tangentyere Council. To ensure the same mistakes are not made as identified in the previous attempt: The Social Issues Working Group Committee is seeking to provide a workshop or a forum of discussion on Aboriginal social issues, related to use and abuse of alcohol. The aim would be: (a) to coordinate a community approach in including all stakeholders (surrounding communities) in developing an agreed policy position, operational procedures and protocols for co-operation, with respect to reducing social dysfunction with overrepresentation of Aboriginal people being involved in anti-social behaviour, along with the use and abuse of alcohol; (b) for community members to have greater input in developing protocols and standards for people to follow, with education awareness behind the reasoning of establishing rules to live under; and (c) to develop culturally appropriate ways in enforcing protocols developed by members of the Aboriginal communities surrounding Alice Springs. The joint community workshops objectives would provide: a greater awareness between cultures; an established agreement between remote communities and town members; and a set of visiting protocols or by-laws agreed upon by all stakeholders. The outcome would be the birth of wardens to enforce the by-laws or protocols that have been bilaterally agreed upon. by Aboriginal communities and town key stakeholders, in preventing anti-social behaviour. The warden's responsibility would be to ensure jointly agreed protocols are enforced with close liaison between the Alice Springs Town Council, the NT Police, the Tangentyere Four Corner Council and remote communities. The wardens would network in the following areas through: the establishment of formal links between community leaders of bush communities whose members visit Alice Springs on a regular basis; the identification of the major issues for all concerned parties; the establishment of agreed protocols within and between communities to address the wide range of issues and associated anti-social behaviours which may include illegal camping, littering, public drunkenness, etc.; the development of strategies to facilitate community and wider public awareness of the issues, programs, plans, protocols and agreements being developed and implemented; 11

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