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An Alcohol management plan (AMP) covering the Northern Territory (NT) community of Titjikala is the first to be approved by the Australian Government.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, approved the AMP this week after concluding it met the requirements of Stronger futures in the NT legislation and was an appropriate plan for the community to address problems with alcohol.
'Through the Alcohol management plan (AMP), the Titjikala community has agreed to implement a number of initiatives to encourage local residents to consume alcohol in a responsible manner,' Minister Scullion said. 'These include things such as educating the community about alcohol and other drugs so that people can make better choices, and supporting efforts to improve school attendance rates. The community is also keen to talk to the NT police about how they patrol Titjikala.
'Although Titjikala is a dry community, there have been alcohol-related issues as a result of alcohol being brought illegally into the community and this is the central issue the community is seeking to address through the AMP.
'This plan is owned by the Titjikala community and the Government is determined to support it in its efforts to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. This support includes providing an additional alcohol and other drug worker (AOD) who will assist the Titjikala community to implement its AMP.'
As part of his decision to approve the Titjikala AMP, Minister Scullion also approved Commonwealth funding of up to $2.65 million in 2013-14 to be given to the NT Government to engage alcohol and other drug workers where they are needed.
The Australian Government will also invest a further $519,000 in 2013-14 to support targeted alcohol harm reduction activities and initiatives across the NT.