Cairns to Cape York

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 08:04
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Can anyone give me an update on the issue of taking alcohol on trip to Cape York. Plan on staying at places like Chilli Beach for a few days and need to know if alcohol is completely banned.
Any current information would be helpful.
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Reply By: Tony - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 08:26

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 08:26
Nope, drink to your hearts content.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 08:47

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 08:47
Just make sure that you repack you beer and only take tinnies - the corrugations have a tendency to vibrate the contents of the carton so much that holes wear in the aluminium cans - glass just breaks.
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 09:24

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 09:24
Saw this recently:

"With effective from 9th June 2003, NAMP will be implemented.
Effectively the NAMP means that the possession of alcohol o­n Napranum
land known as Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) is banned. If you are
found in possession of alcohol o­n this land the following penalties
will apply:

a.. fines up to $75,000
a.. 18 months imprisonment
a.. confiscation of vehicle

The NAMP does not apply to the waterways, except for the eastern
section of the Mission and Embley rivers. However, it does apply to
the popular tourist spots of Stones Crossing and Pennefather River".

Alcohol can be carried on the Peninsular Development Road (the main
road into Weipa) but not anywhere on the DOGIT land. Similar bans
will shortly be imposed on Mapoon north of Weipa, Bamaga, Lockhart
River and the rest of the aboriginal communities on the Cape will
follow shortly.

The entire passing of these laws has been undertaken completely
without consultation with either the communities or the white
residents of the Cape. Only a week ago, riots were experienced in
Napranum in protest against these laws. At one stage Weipa was to
have been included in the Napranum DOGIT but at the last minute was
excluded. The white population of Weipa were up in arms when this
first came to light and half of Weipa was prepared to leave town had
this became law "

Maybe contact with the Police at Lockhart River on (07) 4060 7120 will give you an accurate up to date detail of the situation at Chilli beach.

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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 19:58

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 19:58
The only people who may search your vehicle are the Police. And I doubt if they have the inclination or time to do it. Alcohol is a real problem in Aboriginal Communities and drastic steps have to be taken to kerb this problem. These laws are mainly to target the grog runners. But if you are there in a restricted area waving your can around and being silly then you can expect to be targeted.

Just take more tea bags to be on the safe side:-)Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Steve from Drive Systems Victoria - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 21:03

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2003 at 21:03
Most aboriginal lands/permits allow the transgressor to travel through with alcohol for personal consumption, provided it is kept in the vehicle, not sold or distributed, to anybody else.
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Reply By: Tom - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003 at 19:52

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003 at 19:52
I phoned Lockhart Polce Station today regarding this issue, as I am leaving for the Cape in 14 days (and counting). The story at this point is as posted by Tuco69, no alcohol in Napranum or Aurukun reserves. Alcohol is permitted on the development road into Weipa, but you can't turnoff the main road.
Portland Roads and Chilli Beach area are uneffected...but maybe not for much longer.

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