By Annette Shailer

The Queensland Government is set to phase out canteens and liquor licences held by Queensland Indigenous Councils as part of new legislation starting next Tuesday.

The July 1 legislation includes a range of new reforms to reduce alcohol misuse in remote Indigenous communities and will render Queensland local councils unable to operate a general liquor licence after December 31.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Lindy Nelson-Carr, said the new legislation is crucial to improving the lives of Indigenous Queenslanders but is dependent on the commitment of the local communities and the introduction of support services.

“The reforms will be accompanied by a $66m Queensland Government investment to deliver improved health and social services. This may include night patrols, detoxification and rehabilitation services, access to more health services and a greater police presence in some areas,” Nelson-Carr said.

Despite the laws coming into effect July 1, Queensland Government is allowing a phasing out period up to December 31 to allow for improved government services in communities.

“Any future application for a new licence by an entity other than the council will be considered by the Liquor Licensing Division on a case-to-case basis,” Nelson-Carr said.

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