By Andrew Starke

A series of 48 workshops will be staged across NSW from September to support local liquor accords in introducing new measures to reduce alcohol-related violence.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing George Souris claims the Liquor Accords ‘Step to Success’ program will boost the capacity of the State’s 148 liquor accords to develop real solutions to local alcohol issues.

“The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing’s (OLGR) Liquor Accord Delivery Unit will stage the free workshops across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW over the next nine months,” Souris said.

“This year’s program is aimed at executive members, local police and councils – arming them with a strong knowledge and leadership base to operate a more successful accord.”

The workshops intend to provide stakeholders with expert advice, information and resources on how to strengthen the operation of accords, deal with current issues and tailor strategies to local areas.

“New resources will be available to accords on branding and marketing opportunities to increase member participation and promote accords to the broader community,” said Souris.

“There will be particular emphasis on the use of dedicated websites, social media such as Facebook and e-newsletters to promote the accord and increase communication with members and key stakeholders.”

Attendees will also be provided with information on the liquor laws including the controversial “three strikes and you’re out policy’, new photo cards for mandatory Responsible Service of Alcohol training for venue staff, and offence provisions to deal with troublesome patrons.

“Local statistics on alcohol related offences will also be discussed as well as initiatives to reduce alcohol problems during major annual events such as local race days and festivals,” said Souris.

“These workshops also provide a sound opportunity for OLGR and participants to exchange new ideas and stories of successful initiatives that accords have introduced to make their venues and local communities safer.

“Liquor accords are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the impact of alcohol consumption and the operation of licensed venues on local communities.”

NSW has the highest number of liquor accords out of any Australian State and Territory – with more than 5,100 pubs, clubs, bottleshops, restaurants, race tracks and even licensed vessels belong to the State’s 148 Liquor Accords.

For more information on the free workshops, click here.


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