Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs

Mapoon alcohol limits

Restricted area

The Mapoon restricted area is the Mapoon Aboriginal Shire including all public and private places. The restricted area includes all beaches and foreshores above the low tide level. This includes Janie Creek and the mouth of and lower reaches of the Wenlock River where it is bound on both sides by the community area.

All creeks on the northern and southern sides of the Wenlock River are included in the restricted area.

However the southern side is within the Napranum restricted area.

The lower and middle reaches of the Pennefather River are not included in the restricted area.

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

Alcohol restrictions

The maximum amount of alcohol that a person can have in the restricted area is:

  • 2 litres of wine (unfortified), and
  • 22.5 litres (2 x 30 can cartons) of light or mid-strength beer, and
  • 9 litres (1 x 24 can carton) of premixed spirits (up to 5.5% alcohol/volume)

OR

  • 2 litres of wine (unfortified), and
  • 33.75 litres (3 x 30 can cartons) of light or mid-strength beer

This amount is per person on foot, or per vehicle, boat or aircraft regardless of the number of people in it.

Dry places

People living in the restricted area may apply to have their home declared a 'dry place'.

Penalties

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

  • first offence 375 penalty units (currently $41,250)
  • second offence 525 penalty units (currently $57,750) or 6 months imprisonment
  • third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $82,500) or 18 months imprisonment.

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

It is also an offence to attempt to bring illegal alcohol into the restricted area. The maximum is 375 penalty units (currently $41,250).

It is an offence to drink in a public place. The on the spot fine for drinking in a public place is $110 or $247 if under the age of 18.

The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2090).

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

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
.

More information

For more information on the alcohol limits you can call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).