Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Halls Creek: Communities ask for grog bans

by Geoff Vivian

Maggie Long

Maggie Long

Aboriginal communities close to Halls Creek have applied for grog bans.

Nicholson Town Camp and Koongie Park communities have both asked to be declared “restricted areas” under the liquor act.

Halls Creek shire council voted to support the communities.

“Council respects and supports the self-determination of its citizens who are members of discrete communities,” say the latest council minutes.

Shire CEO Warren Olsen said this is not the first time the Director of Liquor Licensing has asked the council for its opinion.

“We had a similar one last year from Warmun,” he said.

Nicholson Block chairperson Maggie Long said grog bans had been discussed “a long time ago” last year but she did not know the application was being processed.

“Noone been ask me, nothing,” she said.

She said her small cyclone-fenced community is much quieter now full-strength takeaway alcohol sales are banned in Halls Creek.

“Good enough lite beer now, they like him light beer, my family,” she said.

“They been tell me now ‘we don’t want him proper grog’.”

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