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    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Palaszczuk Government Supporting Local Approach

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Palaszczuk Government Supporting Local Approach

    The Palaszczuk Government is committed to continuing a local and collaborative approach to alcohol management planning in Queensland’s discrete Indigenous communities.

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner said strong local leadership was crucial.

    “Mornington Island is a good example of local leadership for local solutions occurring in local communities with the Council establishing an Alcohol Management Plan Steering Committee to gauge community views on the way forward.” Mr Furner said.

    “Alcohol management was a significant topic of discussion at last month’s historic Indigenous-focussed Cabinet meeting in Cairns, and it’s clear a one-size-fits-all approach won’t suit all communities with existing management arrangements.  

    “Many Indigenous leaders have highlighted the valuable role of Alcohol Management Plans in minimising alcohol abuse, while also recognising the importance of maintaining strict controls on home brew and sly grog.”

    In 2012, the former Newman-Nicholls LNP Government started an open-ended review of Alcohol Management Plans which raised expectations without an outcome. 

    “Fixing the LNP’s mess is a priority for the Palaszczuk Government to provide the respect and certainty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities deserve,” Mr Furner said.   

    “The Palaszczuk Government’s review has involved working with communities to seek community input and comprehensive research including that of respected Indigenous health and policy expert Professor Alan Clough. 

    “We’re continuing to work to finalise the review of Alcohol Management Plans in the coming months, while recognising local desires for safer communities and individual tailor-made solutions to alcohol management.

    “I thank the LGAQ, Mayors, Councils and communities for their commitment to partnering with the Palaszczuk Government to achieve an appropriate balance, and the best possible result for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

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