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Coles measures welcomed

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THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Indigenous Health

23 June 2011

Coles Measures Welcomed

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon has congratulated Coles for showing community leadership by implementing measures to minimise alcohol consumption in Alice Springs.

“Coles can be congratulated for removing two-litre casks of wine from the shelves of its supermarket in Alice Springs from the start of next month. I understand it will also set a minimum price for the sale of fortified wine.

“Coles has laid down the challenge to other alcohol retailers in the region to take action to attempt to address alcohol related issues in Alice Springs. We look forward to seeing the impact of these measures in the community,” he said.

The Australian Government is very concerned about the high level of alcohol-related harm and anti-social behaviour, including uncontrolled drinking, substance abuse and violence against women and children, which is occurring in Alice Springs.

The Government supports the Northern Territory Government’s recent Enough is Enough legislative changes aimed at tackling problem drinking.

These measures include introducing bans on problem drinkers supported by electronic ID systems, imposing mandatory treatment orders, and improving rehabilitation and treatment services.

The Government is committed to working closely with the NT Government and communities on measures to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol related harm.

We will continue to talk with local communities about local solutions to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol related harm.