Joint meeting of Coast liquor accords
  • Friday 28 August 2009

What: CALM Sunshine Coast – Regional Liquor Accord Meeting
When: Tuesday 1 September 2009, 8-10am
Where: Aura Room Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra

Influencing drinking cultures through school-based education and innovation grants are some of the topics up for discussion at the second joint meeting of the Coast’s local liquor accords and key stakeholders on Tuesday 1 September.

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

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

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.

Discussion topics at the upcoming meeting include influencing changes to the drinking culture through school-based education and building safer drinking cultures through innovation grants.

CALM initiatives around the region will also be discussed including:

  • Under 25 button badge (Hinterland accord)
  • Security patch (Mooloolaba accord)
  • Assault awareness seminar (Noosa accord)
  • Glass replacement trial (Caloundra accord)

Council Executive Director for Community Services, Lisbet Dean, said the joint meetings were important networking opportunities that provided a chance for the accords to discuss and share local initiatives that may be beneficial on a regional level.

“Each accord area is different and as such it is important to maintain the individuality of the accord to enable them to best focus on the local issues relevant to their area,” Ms Dean said.

“This joint meeting is designed to open up communication between stakeholders and look at possible regional approaches to identified issues experienced across the Coast.”

Superintendent for Sunshine Coast Police District, Ben Hanbidge, said Queensland Police strongly supported the CALM accords.

“Since the inception of the liquor accords across the Coast there has been a significant reduction in alcohol-related crimes,” Superintendent Hanbidge said.

“This is attributed to a number of initiatives implemented across the district, one of which is the greater collaboration and liaison with the licensees of the various accords.”

The CALM accord meeting will be attended by council, Queensland Police, Liquor Licensing, Queensland Transport, Queensland Health, Drug Arm Australasia and representatives from each of the CALM accords.