Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord has thrown its support behind Brothers 4 Recovery, a harm minimisation initiative, which directly connects with Aboriginal young people in the local community.
Brothers 4 Recovery was brought to the attention of the accord by Ronald Dennison, Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command. Ronald facilitated the connection with Brothers 4 Recovery in collaboration with the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council to conduct local workshops.
Two workshops have been conducted for Matraville High School students and were extremely well received. The program involves Aboriginal men, Steve Morris and Chris Jones, sharing their powerful journeys through addiction with young people, in a workshop setting. The workshops give participants a first-hand account of how the negative effects of drug and alcohol could impact for their futures.
Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord funded the Matraville workshops with a donation of $2,000 and is looking forward to continuing the partnership.
In collaboration with Eastern Beaches Police Area Command and Randwick City Council, the accord has launched a campaign to help stop domestic violence in our city. With the message ‘Know Your Limits. Stop Domestic Violence’ the campaign is being rolled out on coasters to member venues across the area.
Serving 11,000 meals per year to the socially isolated, disadvantaged and homeless just became a lot easier for the Maroubra Salvation Army, thanks to the generosity of the Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord.
The Salvation Army Maroubra provides a range of welfare services but were struggling with outdated and inadequate cooking facilities to prepare and serve their weekly meals to meet an ever-growing need in the local community.
“It was an absolute blessing to receive the surprise call from the Liquor Accord offering us a $5000 donation to upgrade our kitchen facilities,” Matthew Gluyas, Eastern Beaches Salvation Army Corps Leader said. “The funds have significantly improved our amenities so we can look to further expanding our services.”
The Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord has a stellar reputation for supporting their local community with funds directed to a number of groups over many years, including the La Perouse School Breakfast Club and the local PCYC, but this donation has particular significance.
“Our members are keenly aware of the growing issue of social isolation and homelessness in our community and the problems this leads to,” Peter Reid, President Eastern Beaches Liquor Accord said. “The Salvation Army is doing a fantastic job to provide much needed services to these people and our members were unanimously in favour of supporting their work.”
Minister for Racing Paul Toole congratulated the accord on the donation, saying it’s a great example of how liquor accords are supporting their local communities.
“This donation will greatly benefit Maroubra Salvos in the wonderful work they do helping homeless, disadvantaged and socially isolated people,” Mr Toole said.
“Liquor accords play a key role in the NSW Government’s approach to liquor regulation. They represent a true collaboration between licensed venues, police, Liquor & Gaming NSW and local communities. As I travel around NSW, I’m constantly impressed by the great work local liquor accords do in supporting the communities they serve.”
Matthew Gluyas said the bulk of the funds have been spent on a commercial quality dishwasher and refrigerator which have been game-changers and they hope to raise additional funds in the near future to completely makeover their kitchen area into an open plan space for both meal preparation and as a warm and friendly hub for locals to come and share time together.
Peter Reid said his members were also donating other items to the Salvos to further assist as the accord is fully committed to continuing support for the local community in the hope that its efforts make a difference to individuals struggling with social issues and he encouraged other local businesses to do the same.
The Accord is proudly supporting the work of the Maroubra LAC Youth Liaison Officers at La Perouse Public School with a major annual donation, which fully funds the ‘La Perouse Breakfast Club’
The Accord has created an exciting education and awareness campaign to remind patrons of the law and the penalties which may apply, when a patron is asked to leave or not permitted to enter a premises. Members will be displaying the campaign material as a friendly reminder to patrons.
Other liquor accords are welcome to utilise the creative material for the campaign which includes A4 portrait, A4 landscape for digital/electronic (below), A6 handouts and coaster artwork.
The campaign has been developed with distinctly different creative to appeal to both a youth and a mature market.
For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lyndall Lee Arnold 0414 681 177
The campaign materials contain an abridged version of the law, so please be advised: The specified reasons a person can be refused entry or asked to leave, are set out under s. 77(2) of the Liquor Act. These include if a person is drunk, violent, quarrelsome, disorderly, smoking in a smoke-free area, or using or in possession of prohibited drugs. An offence is committed where a person is refused entry or is asked to leave for one of these reasons, and fails to do so or remains in the vicinity of the premises. Exceptions apply to the rules around leaving the vicinity of the premises if a person reasonably fears for their safety, needs to get transport, or lives in the area.
The Accord proudly contributed to the fundraising efforts for a new bus for Eastern Suburbs PCYC
The accord supports the annual White Ribbon Walk