Creating safer and healthier communities
We all want safe, inclusive and friendly communities across Victoria – where everyone is empowered to be healthy and reach their full potential. That’s why we are teaming up with 14 Victorian councils to support the solutions that protect our neighbourhoods from the harms caused by alcohol products. And to create safer and healthier community environments across Victoria.
How it works:
With a two-tier approach, backing of $400K and razor-sharp focus on alcohol-harm reduction, we will support these councils in their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan delivery. And we will build the capabilities of councils through:
- VicHealth Local Government Partnership modules
- Dedicated communities of practice
- Training and mentorship from Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Read on to find out more details about what the councils will be up to.
Over the next 12 months, these 10 Tier 1 councils will create an action plan for alcohol harm prevention for their local government area*.
And these 4 Tier 2 councils, who already have a plan for alcohol harm prevention, will deliver a diverse range of programs.
Maribyrnong City Council – The Reducing Harm from Alcohol Project: The Reducing Harm from Alcohol Project (RHAP) will work in partnership with young people, community members, council employees, business owners and sporting clubs to create training programs that increase the understanding of alcohol-fuelled harm, including its impact on mental and physical health.
Wodonga City Council – Tackling Alcohol Harm Together: Wodonga Council will co-create campaigns on alcohol-related harm in Wodonga targeted at young people and people disproportionately affected by structural barriers.
Moorabool Shire Council – Alcohol Harm Prevention Through Policy and Education: The project will focus on policy development to prevent alcohol sponsorship and consumption within junior sports, at council venues and for Community Grant recipients. The council will also support the delivery of alcohol prevention training to young people within education and sports settings and the wider Moorabool community.
City of Greater Bendigo – Healthy Greater Bendigo – Healthy Facilities: The City will launch a community consultation to extend its Healthy Facilities policy to include the reduction of alcohol product consumption and promotion. The City will also support community groups to offer alternate drink options at a variety of events.
*Later in 2023, Tier 1 councils who complete their alcohol prevention plan can apply for Tier 2 funding.