City of Mandurah trying to change youth attitudes towards alcohol


Mandurah Liquor Accord members Sonya Davies (Oceanic Bar and Grill), Mandi Gemmell (Toucan/Players clubs), Drew Hampson (The Brighton), Richard Crane (South Metropolitan Population Health Unit), Tanja Gerken (Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club), Les Hatfield (Mandurah Taxis) OIC Sergeant Steve Thomson, Tim Hartland City Manager Community and Social Development), Cr Peter Jackson and community safety officers Belinda Trowbridge and Stacey Petchell.
Mandurah Liquor Accord members Sonya Davies (Oceanic Bar and Grill), Mandi Gemmell (Toucan/Players clubs), Drew Hampson (The Brighton), Richard Crane (South Metropolitan Population Health Unit), Tanja Gerken (Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club), Les Hatfield (Mandurah Taxis) OIC Sergeant Steve Thomson, Tim Hartland City Manager Community and Social Development), Cr Peter Jackson and community safety officers Belinda Trowbridge and Stacey Petchell.

CITY of Mandurah has added another line of defence in its aim to reduce alcohol related issues in the community and tackle underage drinking.

As well as many successful partnerships and programs, the City is helping deliver Communities That Care, a prevention-based program aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and young people.

Through school-based surveys of Year 8 and 10 students at three local schools, the program aims to identify risk factors in the lives of local youth throughout September.

Based on the data collected, the City will be involved in selecting and implementing strategies to improve social and developmental outcomes for young people.

There will be a focus on reducing risk-taking behaviour and the use of alcohol in adolescents.

The City has partnered with the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit and the School Drug Education and Road Aware to deliver the community owned and operated program.

The Communities That Care program aligns with the City’s Our Mandurah Community Youth Alcohol Strategy, launched in April.

Complementing this new approach, the Mandurah Liquor Accord continues to deliver programs aimed at reducing alcohol-related crime, violence and anti-social behaviour to bolster the safety and security of the Mandurah community.

Mayor Marina Vergone said over the past four years, the Mandurah Liquor Accord had made some significant achievements including the introduction of a number of public safety and community programs.

“Despite a number of high-profile incidents recently in our night-time precinct, the City and the Mandurah Liquor Accord continue to tackle alcohol-related issues head on and we are continually monitoring challenges that we face,” she said.

“The Accord is a vital component of what we do and demonstrates how we can work together on community safety.

“The Accord is also an important outcome of the City of Mandurah’s 2011-16 Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Plan.”

The Mandurah Liquor Accord comprises 37 “signed up” member organisations including the City of Mandurah, WA Police, Mandurah Taxis and local business operators.