Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0309 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 9 MARCH 2018 11
RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY LIQUOR RESTRICTIONS
The Licensees’ Alcohol Accord Tennant Creek (LAATC) has trialled numerous voluntary restrictions
in the past including the current restrictions which are in place, mid strength Monday and kept the
Banned Drinkers’ Register (BRD) in place when we did not have to.
We negotiated with wine suppliers to be the first region to change wine bottles from glass to plastic which has since
been rolled out Territory wide, article at; http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/09/23/3854547.htm
Members of the Accord are very proactive, probably the most proactive Accord in the Northern Territory, in working
with all stake holders to assist in solving some of the excessive alcohol consumption we see in Tennant Creek.
Tennant Creek Hotel Licensee Jordan Jenkins and Tennant Creek Memorial Club Licensee John Baker are also
members of the Government-appointed Alcohol Reference Group and put many hours of voluntary work over the
last few years into developing that plan alongside various other community groups (See attached). Unfortunately
with a change in government this plan has been shelved.
A response from Licensing NT on;
• Any future decisions on Tennant Creek be made by the new Liquor Commission and
involve appropriate community, government and LAATC representation.
• Proof of the statement in her report relating to, “Police observed intoxicated persons spilling
out of licensed premises on a regular basis”.
A response from Minister Fyles relating to;
• How the Director General of Licensing has been considered appropriate to make an
independent decision considering her connection to the Northern Territory Police.
• How she has not breached the “Northern Territory Public Sector, Principles and Code of
Conduct for Public Sector Employment and Management Act” by chairing this meeting and
by not declaring at the beginning of the meeting her perceived conflict of interest.
• Her failure to address the unexpected withdrawal of POSIs as being a major factor in any
escalation of crime.
• Her failure to mention the influx of people to Tennant Creek during this period as reported
by Police and media as being another contributor.
• Why the Director General has taken it upon herself to impose banning Sunday Trading
when this was specifically rejected by the Chief Minister?
• Why was there such a lack of local community involvement by the FIFO Director General
of Licensing? Meeting with one local apart from Police does not represent the community nor
reflect any sort of accurate investigation. (Note: the Alcohol Reference Group has not been
relevant since the days of Adam Giles)
• Why the Director General is not in Tennant Creek during these enforced emergency powers
of 7 days and conducting appropriate community consultation.
• The lack of any NGO’s, inter-departmental or local representation at this, the only meeting
held, which aside from the LAATC was attended by Police and Licensing only.
• The unprofessional manner in which the meeting was organised and run. 8 LAATC
members attended the meeting with over 15 Police and Licensing. Seating was only provided
for public servants.
A response from NT Police on;
• A plausible explanation on why Police abruptly stopped POSIs and why the LAATC was not
• Why Police continued to report in LAATC meetings that they would continue POSIs and
that POSIs were proving important in crime prevention. Highlighted in the last 2 years of
LAATC minutes and in the last LAATC Police Report tabled on 06/10/17;
• Police Report
• Seriousness of Harm dropped with POSIs in place
• Unlawful Entry incidents increased. Offenders are usually youths
• Unrest at Ali Carung
• Licensing Report – nil
• Up-to-date crime statistics be provided and December 2016 and January 2017 crime stats
for Tennant Creek be compared to December 2017 and January 2018.
• What is the number of Police considered acceptable by the Northern Territory Police and
NT Police Association for Tennant Creek?
• Point 6 states: “the clubs are not part of the LAATC or voluntary restrictions”. Incorrect on
both accounts; both clubs are LAATC members and part of voluntary restrictions.
The LAATC requests response from relevant organisations on the following;
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