Return To Country Operation To Begin

NT Government

The Lawler Labor Government is continuing to deliver on its common sense approach to reducing crime and a new multi-agency operation will begin to improve community safety in Alice Springs.

The Police Commissioner has advised that he will not be requesting an extension to the curfew in Alice Springs. However, Police will lead a multi-organisation operation to return an influx of visitors who are in Alice Springs to their home, particularly for families with school aged children in preparation for the start of Semester Two.

This operation will run until Sunday and comprise of Northern Territory Police, Territory Families Housing Officers, the Central Land Council, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation, and Tangentyere. The multi-agency response will focus on engaging with visitors and providing support for people to get back home in preparation for school and work.

During the curfew only one minor incident occurred over the three nights within the bounds of the operation. However, yesterday during the day, a large disturbance occurred on Bath Street as a result of on-going interfamily fighting. This incident was within the curfew zone however outside of the set hours. A new operation will begin.

Quotes attributed to Chief Minister, Eva Lawler:

"We are taking a common sense approach to improving community safety in Alice Springs and that's why we are setting up this multi-agency operation."

"From today, a range of measures are being put in place off the back of the curfew to ensure community safety is improved and anti-social behaviour reduced."

Quotes attributed to Minister for Police, Brent Potter:

"This multi-organisation response is about working with community leaders to ensure that calm is restored to Alice Springs and surrounding areas.

"Police have the resources they need to keep the community safe with additional officers on the ground right now and Operation Grimmel ongoing, and I commend them all for their hard work"

Northern Territory Government

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