Alice Springs is experiencing a rise in crime and antisocial behaviour, so elders of the Indigenous People have welcomed stricter alcohol regulations.
Leading a delegation of high-profile politicians to Alice on Tuesday, Anthony Albanese, flanked by his minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney, and senators Patrick Dodson, Marlarndirri McCarthy, announced tougher alcohol restrictions and a suite of support measures to provide “immediate relief”.
The prime minister was also joined by Northern Territory’s chief minister, Natasha Fyles, and territory attorney general, Chansey Paech, for the announcement, and there were also meetings with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council to discuss how to respond to a surge in assaults, domestic violence, break-ins and property offences over the past 12 months.
Takeaway alcohol-free days are Monday and Tuesday and reduced hours on the other days. Takeaways will be restricted to 3pm-7pm. There will also be a limit of one transaction per day. A progress report is due February.
Elaine Peckam was an eastern Arrente grandmother and elder.