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On May 14 and 15, 2014, almost 60 Aboriginal delegates representing communities across South Australia attended the Aboriginal dry communities summit, along with various traditional owner groups, non-government organisations, community services and government services.
The summit was the first of its kind, and aimed to discuss alcohol control measures and attempts to control takeaway liquor through community consultation and open dialogue between stakeholders.
Aboriginal Community Engagement Group member and Port Augusta Youth Centre representative, Kym Chamberlain, was nominated as a delegate for Port Augusta at the summit. Ms Chamberlain said it was great to see representatives from so many communities come together to discuss their own experiences of the seriousness of problems that arrive from liquor.
With specific reference to Port Augusta, Ms Chamberlain pointed to issues of underage drinking and drinking during pregnancy as areas of attention which she aimed to highlight at the summit. 'I hope my participation today will lead to a better understanding and improved outcomes for our whole community, especially pregnant women and our youth,' she said. 'Our culture and survival relies on us looking after these people.'
Ms Chamberlain said she believes liquor licence restrictions should be the first port of call in devising an approach for the Port Augusta community.
Source: The Transcontinental