Kowanyama

Restricted area

The Kowanyama restricted area is the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire including all public and private places. This includes the Errk Oykangand National Park (formerly known as the Mitchell-Alice Rivers National Park) and the Mitchell River and:

  • the northern sides of Topsy Creek
  • the northern and southern sides of Coleman River.

The rest of the Topsy Creek waterway and the other parts of the Coleman River are not part of the restricted area.

No alcohol or homebrew and homebrew equipment is allowed in restricted areas.

It is an offence to drink in a public place anywhere in Queensland.

Penalties

Maximum penalties for possessing alcohol in the restricted area are:

  • first offence 375 penalty units (currently $48,956.25)
  • second offence 525 penalty units (currently $68,538.75) or 6 months imprisonment
  • third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $97,912.50) or 18 months imprisonment.

Vehicles found carrying alcohol in the restricted area may be confiscated.

It is also an offence to attempt to bring alcohol into the restricted area. The maximum penalty for this offence is 375 penalty units (currently $48,956.25).

A maximum of 190 penalty units (currently $24,804.50) will apply to offenders who:

  • possess a homebrew kit or a component of a homebrew kit
  • possess equipment or a component of equipment that is being used or has been used to brew alcohol
  • possess homebrew concentrate
  • supply homemade alcohol to another person in the restricted area.

The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2,480.45).

These penalties apply to all people living in, travelling through, visiting or working in the restricted area.

The penalty unit from 1 July 2018 is $130.55.

Sly grog

It is illegal to sell alcohol without a licence or permit (sly grog) in Queensland. Penalties apply.

To report incidents of sly grog phone the confidential Sly Grog Hotline on 1800 500 815.

Further information

Call 13 QGOV (13 7468) for more information about alcohol limits

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