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Palm Island, off north Queensland (Qld), has been given State Government approval to sell wine and spirits at the community's only bar.
For nearly a decade, the only bar on Palm Island, the Coolgaree Bay Sports Bar, has been restricted to selling light and mid-strength beer. Last year, the bar applied to change its liquor licence, so that it could also sell wine and mid-strength spirits.
The Qld Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming has taken more than six months to grant approval for the change.
Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey says it is great news. 'It gives the community the opportunity to test the waters in terms of ensuring that the consumption of wines and spirits can be done in a sensible and safe manner,' he said.
He says it is a win for the community. 'It's a sensible move given that we're promoting consumption of alcohol at responsible venues like anywhere else in the state,' he said.
The State Government says the decision was made only after there had been consultation with the council, community and the local police.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous