Cities join forces against alcohol

Article image - Cities join forces  against alcohol Joining forces to improve their communitiesí health, Western Australian mayors launch their Alcohol Action Plan.

In a Western Australian first, the Cities of Armadale, Canning and Gosnells jointly launched a comprehensive plan to reduce alcohol-related harm in the southeast corridor.

Developed in partnership with State Government bodies and community organisations, the Cities of Armadale, Canning and Gosnells’ Alcohol Action Plan (AAP) focuses on preventing and reducing harms associated with the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol.

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng said the three year plan provides strategies that are targeted at schools, community, sporting clubs and licensed venues to address underage drinking and alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and promote alcohol-related support services.

“With statistics showing Western Australians – when compared to the rest of the nation – are more likely to drink alcohol in quantities that place them at risk of short and long term harm, there is a definite need to put alcohol-related harm strategies in place to improve public health in Canning.

“The aim of the AAP is to improve the health and wellbeing of community members.

“It’s guided by evidence and uses data, insights from advisory groups and community organisations to provide local solutions for local issues.

City of Canning welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with other local governments and organisations and are committed to implementing recommendations outlined in the AAP to help an inclusive, safe and vibrant Canning community flourish.

Over the next three years, a Local Drug Action Group made up of stakeholders from the Cities of Armadale, Canning and Gosnells (ACG LDAG) will guide the development and implementation of strategies outlined within the plan.