The Northern Territory Government has announced it will extend takeaway alcohol restrictions in Alice Springs.
Chief Minister and Minister for Alcohol Policy, Natasha Fyles said evidence has shown alcohol-related emergency department presentations at Alice Springs Hospital have reduced by a third, and domestic violence has halved since the restrictions were introduced.
“Alcohol-related harm is one of the Territory’s biggest social challenges, which is why addressing it is one of the Territory Government’s biggest priorities,” the Chief Minister said.
“From risk-based licensing to the Banned Drinkers Register, from the minimum floor price to our Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors, and with record funding for alcohol treatment services and domestic, family and sexual violence, we continue to do more than any previous government to tackle this problem. But we know we’ve still got more work to do.
“Our Police officers, our hospital staff and our social sector, who work in Alice have been loud and clear – they are all telling us that these restrictions need to stay in place. We are listening to them.
“I know that some retailers may not like this approach. It’s a difficult decision, but it’s the right decision. It has to be done. And I thank retailers and other businesses for continuing to work with us,” she said.
Minister Fyles said Police had also seen a decrease in alcohol related harm and assaults. The number of children protective custody notifications has also decreased, she said.
“With the restrictions having the desired impact, we need to make sure momentum is not halted.”
Minister Fyles said data will continue to be monitored by the Territory Government during the policy extension period.