Katter backs raise of ban

Mornington Shire Council and residents have been under prohibition for about a decade and Member for Mount Isa electorate, Robbie Katter said it was time to Close the Gap.

Mr Katter has welcomed the Mornington Shire Council’s intention to form a committee and work on a strategy, to revisit the Alcohol Management Plan (AMP).

Member for Mount Isa electorate, Robbie Katter steps off the plane at Mornington Island.

Member for Mount Isa electorate, Robbie Katter steps off the plane at Mornington Island.

He said during visits to Mornington Island, community leaders had expressed concern about the alcohol ban.

“The flow-on effect of the ban is the prevalence of the manufacture and consumption of often deadly homebrew, and the undesirable opportunities for sly grogging,” he said.

“Earlier this year I wrote to Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt, recommending a forum be held on Mornington Island to gather further information and insight into the impact the AMP is having on the community.

“I’m pleased that the Council has decided to expedite discussions on the AMP and look forward to further consultation with Mayor Bradley Wilson and community leaders on this issue.”

Mr Katter said On-the-ground consultation and engagement was required from the State Government to find a holistic approach to this issue.

“Raising awareness and improving education on alcohol and substance abuse is required, and I believe the Mornington Island community should be given the opportunity to demonstrate it has the responsibility to have the AMP reconsidered.

“If there is a genuine desire to Close the Gap, the State Government will listen to the people of Mornington Island on this important issue.”

Mornington Shire Council are currently calling for expressions of interest for the Alcohol Management Plan committee.

A group of residents will collaborate together to form the committee. The official establishment of the committee will take place at the next Mornington Shire Council ordinary meeting on October 24.

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