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Date posted: 24 January 2014
A three month trial of alcohol trade restrictions in the Northern Territory (NT) town of Tennant Creek will start Monday 27 January 2014.
New crime statistics from NT Police show a 54% rise in alcohol-related violence in the town over the past year.
Members of the Tennant Creek's Licensee Alcohol Accord agreed in early January to amend the hours of trade for certain types take-away alcohol.
Patrons will only be able to buy take-away alcohol from 2pm until 8pm. During the first hour of trading, only mid-strength beer will sold. There will also be limited hours for the sale of bottles of wine, cask wine, fortified wine and spirits.
Only one non-beer item can be purchased each day and people will have to produce ID to buy take-away alcohol.
An Aboriginal health organisation in Tennant Creek says the trial doesn't go far enough. Trevor Sanders, from Anyinginyi Health, says while the trial is worthwhile, there needs to be more restrictions and better management across the Territory. 'We see this as just one step,' Mr Sanders said. 'We do hope things go further as time goes by and Tenant Creek will be in the process of developing its own alcohol management plan and that gives the community the opportunity to say their bit.'
Source: ABC News