The Barkly Regional Council has criticised proposed new alcohol restrictions aimed at Tennant Creek and Elliott.
The Northern Territory Liquor Commission has released its proposed variations to liquor licensing.
There are several proposed restrictions, including compulsory ID checks at the region's pubs to check if customers are on the Banned Drinking Register.
Barkly Regional Council acting chief executive officer Damian Carter said local residents don't feel these changes are appropriate.
"It lacks consultation ... it isn't truly representative of how the Barkly region feels about this," he said.
He said the council was given three days consultation during a two year review of alcohol related harm in the area.
The Barkly Region is already subject to significant alcohol restrictions.
Mr Carter said the restrictions are a 'Band-Aid solution' and do not address the root causes of alcohol abuse in the community.
He said the region wants to see more preventative programs rolled out by the NT government, which Mr Carter said are missing.
"We aren't seeing those programs getting delivered, we aren't seeing the restrictions being supported," he said.
"If you're not addressing the underlying actually issues, the restrictions aren't going to do anything."
In a statement the council said the new restrictions are the wrong approach and echoed Mr Carter's comments about preventative programs.
"Council sees the restrictions as a superficial and ineffective way to combat a multi-faceted problem which requires a collaborative approach."
Mr Carter said the commission's report is written with emotive and accusatory language.
The introduction of the second paragraph in the report said, "According to local legend, Tennant Creek sprang up in about 1930 at the site where a truck carting beer to the Barkly broke down. Ever since, it has been known as a hard-drinking community."
Mr Carter said anecdotal sections of the report like this will damage the region's reputation.
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