The Gunbang Action Group (GAG) is a voluntary coalition of community, business and government agencies. Its focus is on reducing risks arising from alcohol and other drug use in the Kakadu region. It works in partnership with the local Aboriginal people.
The GAG has formal responsibility for:
- Managing a local Alcohol Management Plan;
- Managing a local Volatile Substance Abuse Management Plan;
- Oversight of a local Community Safety Plan.
The last GAG meeting was held on 18 April 2018. Some of the matters discussed were:
- An overview of the latest framework from NTG for addressing alcohol issues. Over 200 recommendations were made from the 2017 review into alcohol policy and legislation. A presentation was given by the Alcohol Review and Implementation Team which is responsible for coordinating and monitoring implementation across Departments.
- Prelimanary feedback on the proposed permit system has been obtained from Licensing. Some re-drafting is necessary as recent developments now have to be incorporated (i.e. reintroducation of the Banned Drinkers Register, re-establishment of the Liquor COmmission, release of a recent review of permit systems and release of new Goverment strategies follwoing the policy and legislation review). Another round of community consultations will be needed to endorse the final proposal.
- CatholicCareNT is managing the funds for a Stronger Fathers Group to be set up. So the Group makes a positive contribution, CatholicCare is very interested in the kind of activities Bininj men would like to join in as members of the group and how to encourage participation by Bininj men from across Kakadu. Anyone interested or with ideas should contact Louise Mayclair on 0467006582 or drop by the CatholicCare office in the Jabiru Plaza.
- It was raised that individuals who have information about problems in the community (e.g. domestic violence, grog running, child neglect) can contact Police without having to identify themselves. If people are concerned about what is happening around them, they can call 131444 and tell their story without having to give their name or address.
Further details can be obtained by contacting GAG via details below.
The next GAG meeting is scheduled for 30 May 2018.
The Gunbang Action Group can be contacted by telephone on 08 89792200 / 0401114144 or at email email@example.com.
This website is supported by the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and seeding funds from Alcohol Strategy and Policy, Northern Territory Government.