First joint meeting of CALM liquor accords
  • Thursday 21 May 2009

The first joint meeting of the CALM Sunshine Coast liquor accords will be held on Monday 25 May to open communication channels and discuss the potential for future collaboration on regional liquor-related issues.

CALM, the Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management, is a voluntary industry-based partnership (also known as a liquor accord) to find practical solutions to alcohol-related problems.

CALM accords operate in Caloundra, Hinterland, Mooloolaba and Noosa and they involve partnerships with licensed venues, local businesses, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland Police, other State Government agencies and community organisations.

Council Manager for Community Partnerships, Eric Moes, said the meeting was a networking opportunity to encourage discussion and information sharing between the accords.

“The four accords all operate under the CALM umbrella of a collaborative approach to liquor management, but they each work independently to tackle alcohol-related problems in their local areas,” Eric said.

“It’s important that accords maintain this individuality moving forward, but we have seen an opportunity for greater collaboration between them on wider regional issues.

“This first joint meeting is essentially a meet and greet to discuss any issues of mutual concern and outline a way forward that could involve more cooperation between accords.”

The CALM accords aim to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crime, enhance public patron and staff safety in and around licensed premises, and improve overall public health and well-being.

Acting Superintendent for Sunshine Coast Police District, Darryl White, said Queensland Police strongly supported the work of the CALM accords.

“CALM Mooloolaba’s success since its inception in December 2007 has been outstanding, so much so that the CALM concept has been implemented in other communities across the Sunshine Coast at Caloundra, Hinterland and Noosa,” Superintendent White said.

“The Queensland Police Service strongly encourages liquor accords to become involved in the common goal to provide safer environments for our communities.”

The CALM accord meeting will be attended by council, Queensland Police, Liquor Licensing, Queensland Transport, Queensland Health, Drug Arm Australasia and CALM Chairs and representatives from licensed venues Soave Mooloolaba, Landsborough Hotel, Noosa Heads Surf Club, Laguna Jacks, Caloundra RSL and Hog’s Breath.