Presentation by Erika Robertson, Community and Health Development Officer, City of Port Phillip. Presented at the DrugInfo seminar on crime and disorder at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 5 September 2012.
4/9/2012Alcohol Action Plan Alcohol and Other Drug Related Crime and Disorder The Australian Drug Foundation Erika Robertson Community & Health Development Officer
Main points for todayOutline the roles of Local Government in this contextBrief overview of the approach the City of Port Phillip has taken in the reduction of alcohol related harmExamples of the work
Local GovernmentAddress the issues that can be contentious in the community at a local levelTo find a balance between traders, residents and visitorsMeasure change in demographicsBuilds on evidencePlans for the future needs of the city
City of Port PhillipAn attractive destination – thousands over weekendsApproximately 680 licensed premises including 444 in the major activity centres1 – General License – Late night (General) – Late night (on premises) – Packaged Liquor – Restaurant and café – Limited1. ICLEI Oceania Cities for Safe and Healthy Communities, 2010, Baseline Data and Precinct Report, City of Port Phillip.
City of Port PhillipFour main activity precincts – Fitzroy St and Acland St, St Kilda – Bay St, Port Melbourne – Clarendon St, South Melbourne – Carlisle St, BalaclavaSmaller centres – Elwood – Albert Park
Internal Approach: The Alcohol Action Plan 2012 - 2013No formal policy or formal statement from Council.Alcohol Action Plan captures, collates and reportsannually back on the actions taken internally inCouncil to address alcohol related harm. Theseinclude: Developing Policy Advocacy Strengthening partnerships Enforcement Service Delivery
Responsible departments in developing policy Strategic Planning Community & Health Development
Alcohol as a issue addressed by teams Major Event Community Planning Development Family Youth and Sports and Children Recreation
Internal and external advocacy Traffic Economic Engineers Development Community & Health Development
Enforcement and compliance City Local Laws Development
Service delivery based on policy and advocacy Local Laws Cleaning Services
Summary: Alcohol Action Plan 2012 - 2013Developing Advocacy EnforcementPublic Policy Strengthening Service Delivery Partnerships
Three main areasDeveloping PolicyStrengthening PartnershipsAdvocacy
Developing PolicyStrategic Planning (urban planning) Gathering data for working around mixed land use and activity centre planning. Research on cumulative impacts, liaise with IMAP.Community Development Consultation with residents and traders in the area, gathering qualitative (and where possible quantitative) data on trends. This fed back through to Strategic Planners and Local Laws teams.
Strengthening PartnershipsCommunity Development Marginalised population Working with agency providers to identify trends Liaising with traders through the Alcohol Accord (who have been advocates for greater training for security personnel and staff through the Safer Bars Program, RSA and Conflict Resolution Program) Liaising with Victoria Police to identify trends
AdvocacyTraffic Engineers Accessibility including transport, taxi ranks, traffic managementEconomic Development & CommunityDevelopment Working specifically with traders, the community for the need to address the different issues in our community – day and night
Challenges facing Local GovernmentBalancing needs, wants, perspectives, state policies versus local policiesData – Are we making a difference in reducing alcohol related harm?Solid evidence of effective policy, programs and approachesCulture, approach and long term changes and what are council’s roles?Costs - both costed and not costed to Local Government including processing and opposing new licenses in the areaPerceptions versus the reality of crime