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A majority of shire councils in remote communities in Queensland are set to open licensed clubs or introduce a 'drinking permit' system. It follows an election promise by the Newman Government to conduct a review of Alcohol management plans in 19 communities including Palm Island, Hopevale and Cherbourg.
Aurukun and Lockhart River in Cape York have indicated they will retain alcohol bans.
Alcohol management plans were introduced by the Labor Government nearly a decade ago.
The state's Indigenous Affairs Minister, Glen Elmes, says he's expecting a number of councils to submit their plans in coming months for cabinet approval. He says he believes communities are ready to have restrictions lifted.
Source: National Indigenous Radio Service