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Chief Justice lashes out at failures in alcohol policy

The Northern Territory Chief Justice Trevor Riley appeared to be expressing his support for a Banned Drinkers Register or something similar when yesterday in Alice Springs he sentenced a man  to four years and nine months for a cruel, drunken assault on his wife.

An obvious step to address the "terrible problems" of alcohol in Central Australia would be "to limit the flow of alcohol to people such as" the offender, he said. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 

Pictured: A drunken fight brewing in the Alice Springs CBD. Photo from our archive.

Threatening sign at Nyirripi unauthorised and removed

An
aggresively worded sign about dog control, posted by a Central Desert
Shire officer at the store in the western desert settlement of Nyirripi,
has been removed.  The sign included a threat that dogs hidden
from the visiting vet would be shot.

Nyirripi has a population of some 320 and is roughly 440 km north-west of Alice Springs, or 150 kms west-southwest of Yuendumu.

CEO of Central Desert Shire, Roydon Roberston, said he became aware
of the notice yesterday (Sunday) and "ordered that it be removed".

He said the notice was placed by the shire officer "in conjunction with senior community members".

"No authority was given or would have been given by Executive
Management as the sign is not in keeping with Council Policy. Further
discussions will be held with the staff member involved," said Mr
Robertson.

A vet is in the community today – as advised by the sign – and is
expected to attend to 15 dogs today and a total of 30 before leaving
tomorrow.

The shire's Dog Management Policy, adopted in October 2008, stipulates a maximum of two dogs per household.

Mr Robertson says compliance with the policy has been "mixed" across
the shire, while reported dog problems have "escalated" at Nyirrpi,
becoming "worse than other communities".

He says the shire council has received numerous complaints from
government agencies and council staff concerning dogs, including packs
of roaming dogs.

He says the Local Board at Nyirrpi, has been very keen for the vet to
again visit. (Local Boards are appointed to advise council on local
issues and aspirations.)

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