Aboriginal leaders claim the Queensland Government could face more
trouble on Palm Island in the north of the state if it tries to
introduce a radical alcohol management plan into the community without
providing back-up services.
The Palm Island Council is circulating a flyer on the island criticising
Palm Island is the last of 19 Aboriginal Communities in Queensland which
have been targeted by the state Government to have tough alcohol
restrictions imposed, to curb violence and abuse.
The Government has drafted a new plan for Palm Island after considering
the serious problems caused by alcohol.
Under the new plan, only low to mid-strength beer can be sold or brought
onto the island.
Wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages will be banned completely.
Cars, dinghies, ferries, barges, and planes can only carry one carton of
beer at a time regardless of how many passengers are onboard.