RESULT AWAITED: Derm Stower.
RESULT AWAITED: Derm Stower. Trish Bowman

Woorabinda residents will find out grog fate on Tuesday

THE champagne's on ice for both sides.

Well, maybe for one the lemon, lime and bitters is on ice.

Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Derm Stower yesterday said both those for and against alcohol being reintroduced to the Aboriginal township, south-west of Rockhampton, were confident following a vote on Tuesday.

A result won't be known until next Tuesday.

The vote was held in response to the State Government's review of alcohol restrictions in 19 Aboriginal townships.

It was conducted by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, under the guidance of an electoral commission officer.

"Those who are against it think they have got up and those pro-drinkers appear pretty confident," Mr Stower said.

He said it was not known how many people voted.

Mr Stower said the result, which will be included in Woorabinda's submission to the State Government, would be told to the reference group on Tuesday.

If the vote gets up, that doesn't mean alcohol will be immediately re-introduced.

Mr Stower said there were a number of criteria the minister would have to be satisfied with before alcohol was brought back.


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