Greengrocer campaign wins again

Jen Adele Schelfhout, Abdul Yusofi, Matt Alizhdeh and Lynda Goldschlager with the Action on Alcohol Award. Right: Save Swan View Fruit and Veg Shop representatives Mario Schmidt, Lynda |Goldschlager and Jen Adele Schelfhout with Tonya McCusker at the Awards.
Jen Adele Schelfhout, Abdul Yusofi, Matt Alizhdeh and Lynda Goldschlager with the Action on Alcohol Award. Right: Save Swan View Fruit and Veg Shop representatives Mario Schmidt, Lynda |Goldschlager and Jen Adele Schelfhout with Tonya McCusker at the Awards.

Save Swan View Fruit and Veg Shop received the individual award for community in action at the 2015 Action on Alcohol Awards.

The awards acknowledge positive action at all levels, from creative initiatives by school students to community-led approaches to address local problems, as well as important work by researchers, governments and the media.

Award presentations coincided with the fifth anniversary of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth at Curtin University last Tuesday. |McCusker Centre chief executive Julia Stafford congratulated the finalists and winners on their continued efforts to prevent |alcohol-related harm and violence. �It is important to recognise that so many people are doing tremendous work to reduce the harms caused by alcohol, and especially to make a difference for WA�s youth,� she said.

�The diversity of individuals and groups taking a stance against young people and alcohol abuse is extremely encouraging.

�As a community, we are recognising and taking positive action against excessive alcohol consumption.�

Save Swan View Fruit and Veg Shop got 7000 signatures on a petition against a Liquorland store that was proposed for the Swan View Shopping Centre.

Shire of Mundaring was set to vote on the liquor store but community pressure led to the application being withdrawn before the meeting.

One of the volunteers, Linda Goldschlager, said she was proud the community had achieved such a remarkable result.

�It was grassroots democracy at its best and the response from the community was overwhelming,� she said.

�The Facebook page for Save Swan View Fruit and Veg Shop is still open, so we�re ready to call in the troops again if we ever need to.�