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The Groote Eylandt liquor management program was initiated by the Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO). Consultation and collaboration was sought from the broad range of stakeholders, including the Anindilyakwa Land Council (which represents the Traditional Owners), Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents, drinkers and non-drinkers, community councils, licensed premises, other local businesses, government agencies, and the police.
A liquor management committee, representing the various stakeholders, was formed to oversee development and implementation of the liquor management plan. After three years of extensive community consultations, the Groote Eylandt liquor management plan was passed as law under the Northern Territory Liquor Act in May 2005 and implemented on 1 July 2005.
The plan is specific to Groote Eylandt and applies only to the island. A key aspect is an alcohol permit system that enables permitted persons to possess and consume alcohol within restricted areas. Requirements for permit holders are clearly specified, along with consequences for failure to comply. There is a provision for the suspension of takeaway liquor sales during times of community tension.
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Groote Eylandt Mining Company
Grid Island Rowell Highway
Alyangula NT 0885
Ph: (08) 8987 4444