WORKING TOGETHER: Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray is looking forward to working with the government on Cherbourg's alcohol management plan.
WORKING TOGETHER: Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray is looking forward to working with the government on Cherbourg's alcohol management plan. Matt Collins

'Treat us all the same': Mayor says grog impacts all Aussies

CHERBOURG Mayor Arnold Murray is calling for his community to be treated like others when it comes to drinking alcohol.

"Treat us all the same, because no matter where you go in Australia, alcohol plays a big role," Cr Murray said.

"At the end of the day, I would like to see people having a barbecue in the backyard with their family and having a beer."

The current alcohol restrictions in Cherbourg allow residents to carry a maximum of a carton of 30 375ml cans of light or mid-strength beer, while no wine or spirits are permitted in the town.

Cr Murray said despite the restrictions, people continued to take alcohol into the community.

"People in my community, and I cant speak for other communities, but people are getting a criminal record because they are carrying alcohol in their cars and breaking the limitations," he said.

Cherbourg is one of 19 communities that will have its alcohol management plan reviewed.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said the Queensland Government would partner with communities on a new approach to alcohol management.

"Each of the 19 communities contributed an alcohol management proposal to the review for consideration," Ms Trad said.

"It's clear there is a universal desire among communities to maintain Alcohol Management Plans, but with greater local input and targeted strategies for improving community safety and wellbeing.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities know better than anybody what works best for them."

Cr Murray said he welcomed the review and the chance to put in place community-led approaches to find the best solution for the Cherbourg community.

"I talk to indigenous councils and mayors and alcohol pays a big problem, but in some ways we are not the same we are different," he said.

"We will find a solution and work towards it."

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