Walk Against Grog campaigners John Allan (left) and Mick Roberts, of GunnaWannaBe.
Walk Against Grog campaigners John Allan (left) and Mick Roberts, of GunnaWannaBe. The Northern Star

Walk to help highlight alcohol abuse

CONCERNED residents will let their feet do the talking as they march through Lismore this afternoon in the Walk Against Grog.

Co-organiser John Allan said the Walk Against Grog was a way for people to take a stand against the current liquor licensing laws.

An Aboriginal women's council in the Northern Territory started the concept of the walk and through other citizen actions they have successfully lobbied for a halt to take-away alcohol and decreased the availability of cheap alcohol and cask wine in their community.

“With our walk in Lismore we're showing our solidarity with the courageous women in the Northern Territory and across the country who make a daily stand against alcohol in their communities,” Mr Allan said.

“And it works. You can see how much their communities have changed with less alcohol available.

“Today, women in Coober Pedy will also hold a Walk Against Grog to show their support.”

Mr Allan said alcohol abuse was a cross-cultural issue that affected everyone on the Northern Rivers.

“Local police are forced to deal with horrible offences around the town with violence and antisocial behaviour that is fuelled by alcohol,” Mr Allan said.

“The results of these offences impact us directly and nationally. A sobering fact is alcohol abuse costs the Australia economy $15 billion a year.

“The walk is a way to draw attention to the fact that the flood of alcohol in the community is there directly as a result of narrow-minded economic policies. Government makes grog so freely available and the concern is focused on the commercial market. We've forgotten about the consequences.”

If you want to participate in the march, meet outside the Anglican Church in Zadoc Street, Lismore, at 12.30pm.

During the march, letters of protest will be handed out at the Lismore police station, and the offices of Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin and State Lismore MP Thomas George.



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