22 Mar 2016
Adam Giles, Member for Braitling
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing
The Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) developed in consultation with the Alice Springs community with the aim of reducing alcohol related harms has been finalised.
Chief Minister and Member for Braitling Adam Giles joined Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Racing Gaming and Licensing Peter Styles and the Alcohol Reference Group (ARG) in Alice Springs today to release the plan which will now be fully implemented across the region.
“The Northern Territory Government is committed to reducing alcohol related harms across the Territory,” Mr Giles said.
“We believe the most effective way to do this is to support communities to develop their own Alcohol Management Plans which generate local solutions for local issues.
“Communities have different priorities that require different solutions and it is vital that strategies are tailored to meet these unique needs and circumstances.”
“The ARG, led by Chair and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan, has done a fantastic job in developing this AMP which was developed through extensive community and stakeholder consultation.”
The AMP is based on harm minimisation principles through an integrated approach that includes supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.
Some key inclusions are:
Maintaining and strengthening supply measures effective in reducing harm including the Point of Sale Intervention (POSI) system at all take away outlets.
Utilising a range of other Police interventions such as community engagement and anti-social behaviour teams and police vans at special events.
Promoting Alice Springs as a harmonious community with community connectedness and pride.
Improving treatment and care pathways.
Making public areas a safe place for everyone including developing an after-hours service model for young people.
Working with remote communities and town camps to ensure local Alcohol Management Plans address issues impacting Alice Springs.
The Alice Springs ARG was formed in January 2014 comprised of community and business stakeholders with a role to provide specialised expertise, advice and input.
The draft AMP was released for public comment on 26 October 2015 for a period of five weeks.
The consultation period included a public meeting in November which gave people the opportunity to address questions to the ARG and NT Government policy officers.
A total of 22 responses were received from community and health groups, licensees, Aboriginal organisations, regional councils and individuals.
The final document reflects input including stronger co-ordination of Alcohol and Other Drugs services and alcohol-related harm education such as for FASD (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder). There is also a stronger emphasis on engagement with Aboriginal stakeholders to find solutions.
Minister Styles said one of the AMP strategies already in place is the new Central Australia Liquor Accord which was approved in November 2015.
“The Liquor Accord is a voluntary agreement between 17 Central Australia licensees and other key stakeholders including NT Police, Alice Springs Town Council, Australian Hotels Association and Licensing NT,” he said.
“Under the Accord, licensees have committed to implementing strategies to reduce anti-social behaviour in and around their licensed venues and outlets.
“I am confident these measures and those proposed within this AMP will have a positive impact on reducing alcohol-related harm for Alice Springs residents and visitors alike.
“It’s all part of the Country Liberals Government’s plan to create a confident culture and strong society for the benefit of all Territorians.”
The AMP is available via this link.
For the Chief Minister – Adrian Renzi: 0419 609 430
For Minister Styles – Rebecca Barr: 0407 284 066