Woorabinda council CEO looks at lifting grog ban in the town
AFTER police announced a hardline stance on sly grogging in Woorabinda, the Aboriginal Shire Council's chief executive has come out swinging.
Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council chief executive Dermid Stower said he planned to put the wheels in motion for community discussions on lifting the rural town's alcohol ban.
His stance, he said, was plain and simple.
"If it's good enough to permit alcohol in other communities then it's good enough for Woorabinda ... it's not fair to select certain regions and areas to ban alcohol over others," he said.
"It doesn't matter what you do, the residents will try some way or another to sneak grog into Woorabinda.
"The alcohol ban isn't stopping them."
Mr Stower is in Cairns this week for a community cabinet meeting, where he plans to pitch a number of proposals he said would help Woorabinda youth get back into trades and employment.
When he arrives back from Cairns, he said he plans to organise a meeting with the community about whether or not residents wanted to legalise liquor in Woorabinda.
About a week ago Woorabinda police vowed they would crack down on sly grogging.
Officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Kris Richards said police had seized a large amount of alcohol after intercepting vehicles in and around Woorabinda recently.
He said since an alcohol management plan was implemented in the community, in 2008, police officers had continued to step up efforts to reduce alcohol-related violence in Woorabinda.
One of his main concerns was that people were taking advantage of the community by selling alcohol at inflated prices. That in turn encouraged binge drinking.
"Binge drinking has a profound negative impact on our area - including violent incidents, assaults and other anti-social behaviour," Snr Sgt Richards said.
He said officers continued to patrol all access roads leading to Woorabinda and were working with all licensed premises within a 200km radius of the town.
"We value our partnership with the Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council and appreciate the support of the mayor as we continue enforcement action."