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National recognition for work in the Territory controlling substance abuse.

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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 7th July 2008 NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR WORK IN THE TERRITORY CONTROLLING SUBSTANCE ABUSE The Northern Territory has been recognised in the 2008 National Drug and Alcohol Awards. The Federal Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, thanked Blair McFarland, and the Groote Eylandt Alcohol Permit Committee for their dedication to reducing the harm from substance abuse. “Blair McFarland’s work with the Remote Area Night Patrol Service and in establishing the Central Australia Youth Link Up Service makes him a extremely deserving recipient of the 2008 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence and Outstanding Contribution in Drug and Alcohol Endeavours,” said Mr Snowdon. “He is committed to helping young Australians, and to raising community awareness about the dangers of long-term substance abuse, and I congratulate him on his award.” The Groote Eylandt Alcohol Permit Committee won the category of Excellence in Law Enforcement at the 2008 National Drug and Alcohol Awards. This award recognises law enforcement efforts that demonstrably enhance a community’s ability to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug use. “Since the alcohol permit system was introduced on Groote Eylandt there has been a marked decrease in public drunkenness, property crime, aggravated assaults and disturbance, along with an increase in work attendance,” said Mr Snowdon. “The Groote Eylandt Alcohol Permit Committee is a true partnership, bringing together Elders, the Anindilyakwa Land Council, NT Police, NT Health, GEMCO and the liquor licensee. “There is no doubt their efforts have made an enormous difference to the quality of life for all Groote Eylandt residents and I congratulate them on their award. “The work of Blair McFarland and the Groote Eylandt Alcohol Permit Committee are great examples of community working together to achieve a significant reduction in substance-induced harm and lawlessness.”