Sobering Up Shelter and Mingga Patrol

The Shelter and Patrol was developed in response to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and is designed to minimise risk for those who are affected by alcohol.

The Shelter provides a safe haven that makes available 18 beds for community members over the age of 18 years who are intoxicated and are at risk of harm, or engaging in antisocial behaviour.

Clients can enjoy a comfortable bed, clean clothes and a good meal. Importantly, they can constantly be supervised by staff on duty to ensure that their health is okay.

The Mingga Patrol plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of intoxicated people who may be at risk of harm, by transporting them to a safe place. 

The service aims to reduce contact between people and the criminal justice system (primarily arrest and incarceration) while addressing incidents of self-harm and harm to others. The service continues to develop strong collaborative relationships with the local medical services, Police and other community services.