Media release

NT Police support Director of Liquor Licensing Use of Emergency Powers

Police

NT Police welcome the determination by the Director of Liquor Licensing to increase restrictions on the sale of takeaway alcohol in the Greater Darwin Region.

Liquor licensees in the affected area will for a period of 7 days, from Monday 14 September 2020, be required to ask the customer to present either a form of ID that bears a residential address in the Greater Darwin Area, or be satisfied that the customer has a lawful place of residence where the liquor is to be consumed.    

The use of the emergency power will be reviewed following the 7 day period and can be extended if necessary.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Bradley Currie says in recent months, there has been a noticeable increase in ‘grog-running’ to remote communities.

“In one instance alone, more than 100 bottles of rum were seized.

“This has a significant impact. We have seen an increase in alcohol related incidents in remote communities.

“Residents may also be left unable to purchase food, fuel or other essential goods and services.”

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