Reducing harm from alcohol and other drugs in our community

Published on 15 February 2024

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The impact of alcohol and other drugs is a nationwide issue, and Council is committed to doing its part to help reduce the harm in our community.

While local government does not often provide services for managing drug and alcohol issues, Council can influence the level of alcohol and other drug-related harm in our community through various minimisation activities in partnership with Federal and State governments, community, businesses and festival organisations.

Council is proud of its history and proactive work with community to address alcohol and other drugs and was one of the first municipalities in Victoria to adopt a harm minimisation approach.

Maribyrnong’s previous alcohol and other drugs policy has expired and we are now calling on the community to provide feedback on the draft Reducing Harm from Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy 2023-2028.

The draft Policy commits Council to the principles of advocacy, partnerships, and research, with the aim of reducing the harm from alcohol and other drugs.

The draft Policy takes into account recent changes to State and Federal policies and legislation and acknowledges alcohol and other drugs disproportionately impacts specific cohorts in our City, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with mental health conditions, young people, women and members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam said the draft Reducing Harm from Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy 2023-2028 lists a number of advocacy opportunities, including the development of alcohol and other drug alternative programs and activities, particularly for at-risk groups in our community.

“The draft Policy calls for Council to work with community health organisations to promote local alcohol and other drug harm minimisation programs, and to continue supporting research and providing data about prevention, harms, services and programs. This encapsulates the vision for the draft Policy, which identifies advocacy, partnerships and research as the three guiding principles for consideration by the community and stakeholders,” Cr Lam said.

The updated draft Policy, now available for feedback, has been informed by contemporary and best practice frameworks.

You can join the conversation before midnight Monday 11 March 2024 at yourcityyourvoice.com.au/aod