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Tennant Creek grog plan seeks legislation to tackle alcohol and pregnancy

Date posted: 8 January 2015

A Tennant Creek group is calling for more Northern Territory Government discussion on the issue of alcohol consumption and pregnancy.

The Tennant Creek Alcohol Reference Group has handed its draft Alcohol management plan to the Chief Minister, with new recommendations to address the town's alcohol issues.

Current measures include volume limitations on the sale of alcohol and restricted trading hours.

The group's Chairwoman, Barb Shaw, said key features of its plan include a community leadership program for young people and introducing legislation to stop pregnant women drinking alcohol.

'It's not a crime and that's a difficult one to legislate but nevertheless the group feels that it's [a] conversation that still needs to be had by government,' she said.

The group said the Government should not focus on temporary beat locations (TBL) as the answer to curbing alcohol-fuelled violence.

Ms Shaw said the Government needed to take a more holistic approach to tackling public drunkenness.

'You've got to have stakeholder buy-in, you've got to have a collaboration, got to have the community participation, so we just can't focus on TBL as being the answer to having some management plan in place,' she said.

The group's draft Alcohol management plan is based on information gathered during more than 150 hours of stakeholder and community consultation between May and August 2014.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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