Overview - Current Focus
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 Bininj Reference Group which links Aboriginal homelands across the area.
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 7 June 2016. Some of the matters discussed were:
- Including information about the availability of alcohol and locations where people can and cannot drink on the Kakadu Park website and the Communty Notice Board.
- Extending the membership of the Liquor Accord to licensed premises outside the Park.
- The latest developments in establishing a Liquor Permit system to operate across individual homelands.
- Feedback about a Youth Forum conducted with students from Years 6 to 9 at Jabiru Area School on the issue of allowing greater access to alcohol on Aboriginal lands. The summary highlighted the concern children had about equality of access for all people, safety from drunks and the need for limits and effective penalties if permits were to be introduced.
Further details can be obtained by contacting GAG via details below.
The next GAG meeting is scheduled for 27 July 2016. A focus of that meeting will be discussion of major alcohol issues limiting the rollout of permits on some homelands and identifying actions that need to be taken to change those concerns.
The Gunbang Action Group can be contacted by telephone on 08 89792200 / 0401114144 or at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This website is supported by the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and seeding funds from Alcohol Strategy and Policy, Northern Territory Government.