Aboriginal community given say on alcohol ban

HOLD the glasses for now, the community has something to say.

Woorabinda residents will be surveyed by their local council to determine whether an alcohol ban on the community should be lifted.

The decision comes after the State Government gave indigenous community councils across the state the authority to lead reviews where residents could decide how best to enforce the alcohol management plan for their communities.

Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council chief executive Mary Deakin said council staff were consulting with residents and community organisations through public meetings and surveys on how best to action the plan in their areas.

She said the essence of the public consultation was to determine if the residents wanted the community to remain dry, if they wanted the alcohol ban to be lifted or if there was a some sort of compromise - a "midway" option.

"This has a huge impact on the community,'' Ms Deakin said.

"Some residents don't want alcohol here and others are interested in it returning.

"It's a very emotional issue that affects indigenous as well as white people in each community."

At the end of the month, the council, along with other indigenous councils, will meet with the State Government to discuss issues in their community.

Ms Deakin said the alcohol management plan would be a topic up for discussion, but the results from the survey would not be collated immediately.



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