New online tool to help combat alcohol woes

IT'S now easier to create a local liquor accord after the NSW Government launched a new online registration tool and strategy selector in an effort to combat alcohol-related problems.

These new online resources have bee designed to help communities develop and update a local liquor accord by sharing information on successful strategies already in place in communities across the state.

Liquor accords involve local licensees, councils, and police working together with the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) to tackle alcohol-related violence, anti-social behaviour and other harm.

About 140 liquor accords are currently active.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice Troy Grant said the accord model allows each community to respond to local circumstances using voluntary measures without the need for regulatory intervention.

"Some of the accords employ a range of effective measures, tailored to a particular community, including banning outlaw motorcycle gang clothing, all-day bans on shooters and shots and subsidising bus and taxi transport," Mr Grant said.

"To help, the Government has streamlined the process for establishing and updating liquor accords by developing an online registration system which is consistent with a recommendation of the 2013 Liquor Act statutory review."

Alcohol-related, non-domestic assaults have fallen an average of 8.4 per cent a year across NSW in the three years to September 2014, Mr Grant 

For further information please contact OLGR's Industry Support team on 9995 0312 or email accords@olgr.nsw.gov.au.

Liquor accords online registration and the strategy selector tool can be found at
www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/accord_registration_form.asp.



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