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MEDIA RELEASE                   3 February 2021


Northern Territory Liquor Commission Hearing Pertaining to The Barkly Region


Yesterday the Tennant Creek and Barkly community came together to participate in the Northern Territory Liquor Commission's proposed variation of licence conditions hearing.

Witnesses for the hearing included Superintendent Kylie Anderson, Phillip Timney - DG Licencing, Jason Groves - Goldfields Hotel, Jon Jenkins - Tennant Creek Hotel, Jeffrey Mclaughlin - Mayor, Barkly Regional Council, Karan Hayward - Alcohol Reference Group, Steve Baldwin - Outback Caravan Park, Linda Turner - Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation and also present were Penny Cowin - Headframe Bottle Shop as well as PAAC members Vicki Gillick and Pete Dixon.

The turnout exceeded expectations as the community arrived in droves to have their say and witness the outcome of the meeting. Mayor Jeffrey McLaughlin and the Barkly Regional Council offered the Council Chambers to accommodate the large crowd and the meeting was moved to the larger venue to commence.

There were 35 amendments to the restrictions in the Barkly that were identified by the community as concerning. One Barkly business leader addressed the negative effect the current and proposed restrictions were having on the region, the Mayor addressed a number of issues with the proposal including lack of community consultation, queues, other regions' alternative methods of restrictions and rules. He then finished by asking for representation for the Barkly on the commission itself.

A verbal submission was submitted requesting to extend the deadline for responses from 5pm yesterday afternoon to an extra 21 days. Admirably the commission listened to what the community wanted and granted this request. 

Mayor Jeffrey McLaughlin remarked "It's a great turn of events to see the commission finally giving the region a chance to provide authentic evidence and their lived experience to help inform the proposed restrictions. The community is united in working towards repairing the liveability and reputation of the Barkly, whilst helping create a fair and balanced system that does not punish the entire region, but still works to limit the damage of alcohol abuse in the region."

If you would like to find out more, please email Council at; or call on 08-8962 0000.


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