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The Jealousy Creek Project was an initiative to reduce alcohol consumption and improve community safety in the four towns of Budulah, Karmarlinunga, Burnnuhga and Djimung Ngude (known as the Town Reserve Communities), in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley (SDWK) in Western Australia.
A drinking spot, known to the locals of this area as 'Jealousy Creek', was attracting people from outside the local communities. The large amount of alcohol consumed at Jealousy Creek often led to violence and noise issues disturbing residents, especially children. In addition to alcohol issues, the area was unsafe due to the number of washouts that had occurred during previous wet seasons, leaving deep gullies and a deteriorated culvert, which were traps for serious injuries.
At the Town Reserve Community meeting, it was agreed that something needed to be done to stop people drinking at Jealousy Creek. After consulting with the Aboriginal Land Trust, the Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit and the Derby Police chaired a Town Reserve meeting. A decision was made to install new drainage and build a sign-posted fence to let people know that drinking would no longer be permitted in the area.
Funding was provided by the Department of Indigenous Affairs and the SDWK. The community members were advised that anyone who was caught drinking at Jealousy Creek would face a number of penalties including a fine, move on notices and in extreme cases, arrest. Following these measures, there have been no transgressions to date.
Abstract adapted from the West Australian Indigenous storybook
Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
PO Box 94
Derby WA 6728
Ph: (08) 9191 0999
Fax: (08) 9191 0998
Department of Indigenous Affairs
Ground Floor, 151 Royal St
East Perth WA 6004
PO Box 3153
East Perth 6892
Ph: 1300 651 077
Fax: 6551 8088