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A two-day Dry community summit is being held in Port Augusta, South Australia, this week. The purpose of the summit will be to discuss alcohol control measures and attempts to control takeaway liquor through conditions being placed upon liquor licences.
The summit aims to allow communities to have their voices heard through representative Aboriginal delegates, who will discuss a consolidated approach to dealing with alcohol management solutions in their areas.
Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Khatija Thomas, said the format of the summit has been designed to foster values of a collective voice and the cross-fertilisation of ideas. 'The event is an opportunity for representatives from mostly Aboriginal Land Trust communities and towns around the state to come together and discuss and highlight the seriousness of the survival problems that arrive from liquor,' Ms Thomas said.
The summit will feature panel discussions, guest speakers and an 'Aboriginal-only' session, designed to optimise people's chance to talk freely about these issues.
The event has been organised by the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, and will also be attended by traditional owner groups, non-government organisations and community services from around the state.
Source: The Transcontinental