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The Cape York Aboriginal community of Kowanyama, in far north Queensland, is making a bid to overturn an alcohol ban that has been in place for five years.
Kowanyama is one of 19 Indigenous communities reviewing its alcohol management plan (AMP).
Mayor Robert Holness says 'sly-grogging' has become rife in his community since the previous state government forced the shutdown of its tavern in 2008. He says the community is hoping the Office of Liquor and Gaming will grant a permit for a three-month trial to allow light and mid-strength beer to be sold from a canteen on Friday and Saturday nights.
'If they can go somewhere and sit down and drink legally well they're not going to be rushing their drinks and trying to hide it and that's what I said, when they rush their drinks they start getting argumentative and fighting if someone else drinks someone else's grog, so yes I would hope that it makes a change,' he said.
Holness says the community had a 'lively' discussion about the proposal with agencies on Friday. 'Everyone wants to see change because the AMP is just not working,; he said.
'If you talk to anyone, Kowanyama's got the worst sly-grog anywhere and like I said, we need to do something to combat it. I think the only way we're going to do that is by trialling that in a canteen for a limited period and just see how that goes first.'
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous