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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 9 Drunkenness can lead to assault. Picture: DAVE SWIFT Minister's preventative response KIM SHAW The Inner-West Weekly and other Cumberland Courier newspapers are running Just Think, a community campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol- related violence. Comment on the campaign at www.innerwestweekly.com.au GAMING and Racing Minister Kevin Greene has responded to readers' concerns about rising levels of alcohol-related violence in our neighbourhoods, as part of our Just Think community cam- paign. Mr Greene said advertising re- strictions could be part of a pre- ventative approach which in- cluded mandatory lockouts, new enforcement powers and 55 extra licensing police and inspectors. A national approach was needed to restrict alcohol advertising be- cause alcohol companies were ''clearly not prepared to take a responsible approach'', Mr Greene said. Readers were particularly con- cerned about safe transport from entertainment precincts late at night. Transport Minister David Campbell said the government was ''working hard to improve the safety and security of late night public transport services''. Eleven secure taxi ranks were positioned around Sydney and late night ''pumpkin'' buses out of entertainment precincts were pro- vided in some areas. In relation to restricting liquor sales, Mr Greene said conditions could be imposed on bottle shops where the community impacts were found to be unacceptable. The Director of Liquor and Gaming could also impose restric- tions on alcohol promotions in venues, as well as banning ''irres- ponsible'' products. Local communities would now have more of a say in new liquor licence applications via a com- munity impact statement, which prospective licensees will have to provide, Mr Greene said. ''If the overall social impact is detrimental to the wellbeing of the local community, then the appli- cation cannot be approved,'' Mr Greene said. Health, police and crime data must be taken into account in preparing these community im- pact statements. For the minister's full response to our Just Think community campaign, visit our website and click on the Just Think logo. NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au New Year danger SYDNEYSIDERS are being urged to show restraint this festive season after sobering statistics reveal that if you're drunk these holidays you have an increased risk of being involved in violence. Last year, more than 2.2 million people aged over 14 experienced alcohol-fuelled physical or verbal abuse over the holiday period. A study by the Alcohol Edu- cation and Rehabilitation Foun- dation found 700,000 people in Aust- ralia initiated verbal or physical abuse while drunk, while almost one in three teenagers surveyed said they feared for the safety of friends and family due to drinking. Foundation head Daryl Smeaton said many Australians began the new year dealing with the results of alcohol-related violence. ''We're recommending Aust- ralians consider their own health and wellbeing, and that of their loved ones and the community, by following healthy drinking stan- dards as part of their holiday celebrations,'' he said. Burwood Decorate Free Christmas Craft with Mrs Claus 12 -- 24 December, 11:00am -- 2:00pm daily. Centre Court. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Meet Santa's Live Reindeer Santa's Reindeer will be making a special appearance in centre, before taking off for a busy Christmas Eve! 19 -- 24 December, 11:00am -- 3:00pm daily. Centre Court. Have your photo taken with Santa Santa would love to meet you and hear all of your Christmas wishes. You can have your photo taken with Santa at his throne -- a wonderful keepsake gift for family and friends. To make the silly season a little easier, we have extended our shopping hours. Thurs 18 Dec 9am -- 10pm Fri 19 Dec 9am -- 9pm Sat 20 Dec 9am -- 6pm Sun21Dec 9am--6pm Mon 22 Dec 9am -- 10pm Tues 23 Dec 9am -- Midnight Wed 24 Dec 9am -- 6pm (Fresh Food open from 7am) Thurs 25 Dec CLOSED Fri 26 Dec CLOSED Sat 27 Dec 9am -- 6pm
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