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Regional Alcohol Density Project

Local government has a legitimate and important role to play in addressing alcohol-related harm, through its statutory responsibilities under both the Planning & Environment Act 1987 and the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998.

Maroondah, along with seven other south-east Melbourne Councils, is currently working towards a group Councils amendment to their respective planning schemes that will strengthen the decision making capabilities of Council through the assessment of planning applications for packaged liquor outlets

This collaboration involves Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Kingston, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula and Maroondah Councils. The group planning scheme amendment will build on previous research linking alcohol-related harm to packaged liquor outlets.  The overall goal is to assist Councils to reduce violence in their community.

Key facts

  • Off-premises outlets now significantly out-number on-premises venues.
  • Packaged liquor outlet density is contributing to higher levels of alcohol consumption, particularly in the home and other private settings which in turn is increasing levels of alcohol-related harm.
  • Local government seeks greater power to be able to approve/not approve applications for liquor licences and to be able to reject applications that may have a social and wellbeing impact on the surrounding community.
  • The project is the first of its type in Australia where detailed consideration has been given towards better understanding at a localised level the correlations between packaged alcohol and increase in alcohol related crime and violence.
  • The nine councils have collaborated with a range of highly reputable and distinguished agencies (including VicHealth, Police, Ambulance Victoria, Turning Point) and academia (Deakin and Swinburne) to find appropriate responses and expert witnesses to support their application to the State Government. 
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