New approach to tackle alcohol issues

Published on Wednesday 10 April, 2019

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The City of Gosnells has collaborated with the Cities of Armadale and Canning to develop an ‘alcohol action plan’ aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm in Perth’s south-east.

Launched today at Mills Park, in Beckenham, the Cities of Armadale, Canning and Gosnells Alcohol Action Plan 2019 – 2022 was developed in partnership with State Government bodies and community organisations.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the Alcohol Action Plan (AAP) would work towards preventing and reducing harm related to the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol.

“There is no organisation that can single-handedly address alcohol-related problems in our community, but this plan engages all levels of government, as well as non-government agencies, to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“This plan offers an important opportunity for community leaders and decision-makers to come together to ensure our residents can live in a safer, better connected community.”

Chairperson of the ACG LDAG Megan Milligan said this collective approach would achieve better outcomes.

“By working together, instead of in isolation, a greater impact for the community will be seen,” she said.

The AAP will focus on strategies to address underage drinking, alcohol-related antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related support services. The plan focuses on working closely with schools, community, sporting clubs and licensed venues to address key issues together.

“Statistics show that many West Australians are more likely than those in any other State to drink alcohol at levels that put them at risk of short and long-term harm, and we know young people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, so there is a real and urgent need for change,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

The AAP will be delivered through the Local Drug Action Group, which includes government and non-government stakeholders from the three Cities.

One of the plan’s strategies will encourage parents to support young people in delaying alcohol use until at least the age of 18, to prevent associated problems with brain development, mental health issues, violence and family dysfunction.

ACG LDAG organisations include Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Cannington Armadale Family Support Network, City of Armadale, City of Canning, City of Gosnells, Crime Stoppers WA, Department of Education – School Drug Education and Road Aware Program, East Metropolitan Health Service, headspace (Armadale), Hope Community Services WA, Mental Health Commission, Neami National (Metropolitan Suicide Prevention Coordinators), Palmerston Association, Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, WA Police Force and WA Primary Health Alliance.

More information can be obtained at the link below.