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Northern Territory police call for strict alcohol ban in Alice Springs

Officials have said they hope to implement strict alcohol bans in Alice Springs similar to those at Tennant Creek.

Northern Territory Police southern commander, Michael White told ABC radio he has been in conversations with Attorney-General’s Department and the liquor commission to limit the sales of alcohol in the area.

If the restrictions are put in place, alcohol will be sold between 3-6pm, Monday to Saturday and will limit the amount of alcohol and individual cans purchased. 

Central Australian police have said they hope to implement strict alcohol bans in Alice Springs similar to those at Tennant Creek

The top cop said alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek have worked and Alice Springs’ current restrictions aren’t enough to curb alcohol fuelled violence.

‘We have seen there’s been a significant reduction in admissions to the women’s shelter, school admission has spiked, and even local businesses have seen improvements,’ the southern commander said.

He also said the changes to liquor laws would pose as an initial challenge but the Alice Springs community would adapt to the new laws. 

Alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek have worked and Alice Springs' current restrictions aren't enough to curb alcohol fuelled violence

Alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek have worked and Alice Springs’ current restrictions aren’t enough to curb alcohol fuelled violence

‘I would ask the community of Alice Springs to work together on this,’ he said.   

Earlier this year, Australia was shocked after a two-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a ‘father figure’ in Tennant Creek.

The toddler was flown to Alice Springs hospital and placed in to an induced coma due to the severity of her injuries.   

Alice Springs is a five hour drive from Tennant Creek, where a two-year-old girl was allegedly raped sparking strict alcohol restrictions

Alice Springs is a five hour drive from Tennant Creek, where a two-year-old girl was allegedly raped sparking strict alcohol restrictions

Since the incident, temporary alcohol laws were put in place to stop booze fuelled violence.

Within the first week of the restrictions the number of children needing to be fed at the youth centre dropped from 70 to 50.

Authorities are now calling for a permanent alcohol ban in Tennant Creek.   

Within the first week of the restrictions the number of children needing to be fed at the youth centre dropped from 70 to 50

Within the first week of the restrictions the number of children needing to be fed at the youth centre dropped from 70 to 50

 

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