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Alcohol restrictions in Queensland communities

Cherbourg

Restricted area

The Cherbourg restricted area is the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire including all public and private places. This includes the banks of the Barambah Creek bounding the community and the waterway where it passes through Cherbourg.

Alcohol restrictions

The maximum amount of alcohol that a person can carry in Cherbourg Shire is:

  • 11.25 litres (1 carton of 30 x 375ml cans) of light or mid-strength beer with less than 4% of alcohol concentration
  • no wine and no spirits.

This amount is per person on foot or per vehicle, boat or aircraft regardless of the number of people in it. Light or mid-strength beer is the only type of alcohol allowed in your home.

Sly grog

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

Phone the confidential Sly Grog Hotline on 1800 500 815 to report incidents of sly grog.

Penalties

Maximum penalties for possessing illegal alcohol in the restricted area are:

  • first offence 375 penalty units (currently $53,906)
  • second offence 525 penalty units (currently $75,468) or 6 months imprisonment
  • third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $107,812) or 18 months imprisonment.

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

It is also an offence to attempt to bring alcohol above the set quantity into the restricted area. The maximum is 375 penalty units (currently $53,906).

The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2,731).

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

The penalty unit from 1 July 2022 is $143.75.

In this guide:

  1. Aurukun
  2. Cherbourg
  3. Doomadgee
  4. Hope Vale
  5. Kowanyama
  6. Lockhart River
  7. Mapoon
  8. Mornington Island
  9. Napranum
  10. Northern Peninsula Area
  11. Palm Island
  12. Pormpuraaw
  13. Woorabinda
  14. Wujal Wujal
  15. Yarrabah

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