Contact your local Council
Local governments can make important contributions to creating healthy communities.
Many local governments deal either directly or indirectly with a range of alcohol related issues, including:
- Planning approvals for liquor licensing and events
- Cleaning up and noise regulation
- Alcohol management plans
- Anti-social behaviour
- Family issues and domestic violence
- Drinking in public places
- Drink driving / road safety
- Underage drinking.
Contact your local Council to find out what they are doing to prevent alcohol-related harm in your area.
It is common for more than one section of a local government authority to have certain responsibilities relating to alcohol-related issues. Positions that could deal with alcohol-related issues include:
- Environmental Health Officers
- Planning Departments
- Rangers and / or Park Officers
- Community Development and / or Services
- Executive officers
- Youth services
Another area where local governments have been involved in alcohol issues is Alcohol Accords. Alcohol Accords are local voluntary agreements between licensees, police, local governments, health and community representatives that focus on minimising and preventing alcohol-related problems in the community. They aim to develop a collaborative approach to minimise the harmful effects, social disruption, crime and violence caused by excessive consumption and irresponsible service of alcohol. See if an Alcohol Accord exists near you and how you could get involved.
If you are a young person, join your local Youth Advisory Council or find out what alcohol-free activities are there for young people. Let them know you have ideas.
Find out how to contact your local Council on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.