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Katherine Times Wed 23 Aug 2017



Katherine Times Wed 23 Aug 2017


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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NEWS WednesdayAugust 23, 2017 KATHERINETIMES 3katherinetimes.com.au Revised alcohol ID scans trialled TESTING began on the NT Governments new ID scanning strategy at takeaway liquor outlets in Katherine on Saturday. Katherine is one of six towns selected for the tests to ensure equipment is ready for the Banned Drinker Registers returnonSeptember1. Residents and visiting tourists wanting to buy takeaway alcohol will have to show ID before being allowed to purchase. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the early scanning allows the equipment and broader system to be tested and for any glitches to be ironed out. Ms Fyles last week said the BDR will make the Territory safer by cutting the flow of take away alcohol to problem drinkers. The CLP scrapped the BDR in 2012 without having anything to replace it. They made all liquor outlets exempt from having to scan photo IDs, she said. We promised Territorians that the Government would bring back the BDR and we are delivering on that promise with legislation passed this week. Minister Fyles said from Saturday, take-away outlets in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Groote Eylandt and Milikapiti will be required to comply with approved identification scanning require ments under section 31A of the Liquor Act. Early scanningwont pick up people on the BDR as the BDR triggers do not start until September 1, she said. "Early scanning will identify individuals who are already prohibited from buying alcohol under section 31A(2) of the Liquor Act and they wont be permitted to purchase takeaway alcohol. "This includes individuals who are subject to a Court ordered bail condition relating to liquor and individuals who are subject to a Domestic andFamilyViolenceorder relating to liquor. The testing of equipment will continue throughout August. The responsibility for policing inside the takeaway alcohol outlets will revert to police command. Police are currently stationed at six outlets in Katherine. Elderly residents have fears Page 4. Early scanningwill identifyindividuals who are already prohibited from buying alcohol ... Health Minister Natasha Fyles WATER restrictions began acrossKatherineonMonday. Households will be restricted to watering gardens on an odds and even system depending on the number of the house Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 6pm for odd numbered properties and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for even numbered properties. The same restrictions will apply to NT Government departments and Katherine Town Council. Katherine Town Councils David Moore said most of councils parks and gardens were primarily on bore water which was not restricted. The NT Government has imposed water conservation measures because of PFAS chemical contamination fears in the towns drinking water. Saving water will allow the towns water treatment plant to better deal with contami nated bores used to supply the treatment plant during the biggest water use periods of the year, primarily September and October. Bore water supplies the sports and show grounds. Government departments are implementingmeasures to comply. Dry argument, water restrictions begin RESTRICTIONS BEGIN: An odds and evens system for household outside watering has been introduced in Katherine because of PFAS contamination fears. Due to the presence of PFAS in water around Katherine, the Northern Territory Government has introduced Stage 1 compulsory water conservation measures to reduce the use of groundwater andmaintain a safe drinking water supply. This means: ODD NUMBERED properties can only water a maximum of three days a week on Mondays,Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6pm 8am EVEN NUMBERED properties can only water a maximum of three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 6pm 8am No watering of hard surfaces, e.g. concrete or paved driveways, footpaths, street gutters, road areas etc. Katherines water use needs to reduce by around 20% to assist Power andWater manage the quality of the towns drinking water and help keep PFAS levels within the Health Based Guidance Values. Power andWater has already commenced working with major water consumers across Katherine to reduce their use. By working together and smarter, we can conserve Katherines water. For further information, visit powerwater.com.au/katherine or call 1800 245 092.

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