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Borroloola matters : keeping Borroloola residents informed of Council matters because Borroloola matters

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Roper Gulf Shire Council


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Page 25 JANUARY 2013 Draft minimum standards for Alcohol Management Plans Standard 1: Consultation and engagement An Alcohol Management Plan must be developed in partnership between government and community representatives through community consultation and engagement. This should include, where possible, representation from the following Aboriginal community members and their interests: women, men, youth, the elderly, clan groups, traditional owners, and non-drinkers as well as drinkers. It could also include local and regional organisations involvement, particularly Health. Standard 2: Realistic and measureable Alcohol Management Plans that are directed at reducing harm The primary purpose of Alcohol Management Plans is to reduce harm arising in the community from misuse of alcohol, by means of locally-tailored plans that have broad acceptance within the community, are feasible to implement and, on the basis of selected indicators, effective. Once approved, Alcohol Management Plans will be expected to show progress in these directions. Where this does not occur, communities may be asked to review and revise their Alcohol Management Plans. Standard 3: Alcohol Management Plan strategies Supply reduction, demand reduction, harm reduction The Alcohol Management Plan should focus on the three dimensions of effective community based strategies to reduce harm to individuals, families and communities that results from alcohol abuse. These three dimensions are: Provisions for controlling alcohol supply (such as strategies to address grog running, restrictions on sale or supply from local liquor outlets, restrictions on hours of sale for on-licence drinking, restrictions on types and amounts of alcohol permitted to be sold to individuals and whole population for on-licence consumption within specific periods); Demand reduction activities (such as resources and measures for intervention, detoxification, treatment of dependent drinkers); and Harm reduction activities (such as community patrols, adequate responses to violence and unsafe driving, sobering-up facilities, womens shelters, sponsored sobriety groups, managed step-down facilities and longer term supported accommodation for people coming out of treatment). The Alcohol Management Plan must be in a format that is easily understood by community members. Alcohol Management Plan strategies should specifically: Focus on improving the health, well-being and safety of all community members; Specify measurable objectives and show how, on the basis of evidence, proposed measures will contribute to those objectives; Where applicable, use national health benchmarks for assessing strategies and objectives; Recognise and incorporate local cultural frameworks and priorities; Include evidence based strategies; Identify resources required and sources of funding to support implementation; Where the community is in proximity to a liquor outlet, consider strategies involving local liquor supply/or where possible, engaging with the Manager of outlet.; and In communities where drinking is allowed, specify measures to encourage responsible drinking and discourage binge-drinking.