While Woolworths reaps the rewards, the Northern Territory community will be left to clean up the mess

Cassandra J.C. Wright, Sarah Clifford, Mia Miller, Peter D’Abbs, Caterina Giorgi, Meredythe Crane, James A. Smith

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In 2016, Woolworths commenced a five-year legal battle to open a Dan Murphy's store in Darwin, Northern Territory (NT). In 2019, the Northern Territory (NT) Liquor Commission rejected Woolworths’ application for the store on the basis of clear increased risk of alcohol harm in the local area, noting the “most unfortunate” lack of community consultation in the planning process.1 Following further legal proceedings, in November 2020, the NT Government announced a sudden change to legislation to allow the bypassing of the independent Liquor Commission process.2 In response to community outcry over the proximity of the proposed Bagot Road site to dry Aboriginal communities, Woolworths proposed an alternative location3 – approximately 1 km away. Woolworths already profit greatly from their existing 16 BWS outlets in the NT, and do not need to chase further profit at the expense of some of the most disadvantaged communities in Darwin. Now, it is up to Woolworths to decide whether they will act as good corporate citizens and put the health and wellbeing of the community ahead of even greater profits. Here, we outline four major reasons why Woolworths should not proceed with the Dan Murphy's store.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol
  • dry
  • Aboriginal
  • community


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