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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Community demands action on alcohol

New South Wales (NSW) community groups and individuals are demanding a greater say in the liquor licensing decisions that impact their local communities. Their concerns will be voiced at a community forum, at Parliament House in Sydney on 5 October 2013, that will bring together community members, state and local government representatives, police and health professionals to examine the current barriers to community engagement in liquor licensing decisions.

The meeting, to be hosted by the NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) and the National Local Government Drug and Alcohol Committee, comes as new figures released today reveal an overwhelming majority of NSW adults (76%) believe more needs to be done to reduce alcohol harms, with a majority also indicating the government has failed to adequately address the issue.

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Chief Executive, Michael Thorn, says the snapshot of NSW data from the 2013 Annual Alcohol Poll NSW provides a true indication of the level of concern in NSW. 'The people of NSW are becoming increasingly and justifiably concerned about the level of alcohol harms they witness in their communities, and the failure of the NSW Government to step up and take effective action. We're not talking a few concerned citizens. We're talking an overwhelming majority - three quarters of all NSW adults, who believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse and want action now,' Mr Thorn said.

Source: NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance

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Jeremy Henderson
Mobile: 0425 599 710
NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance

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Last updated: 5 November 2013
 
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