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Working Together 2005

Published: Tue 14 Dec 2004 01:00 PM
14 December 2004
Working Together 2005
Preventing intoxication on licensed premises will be one of the key topics to be debated at an upcoming national conference on liquor licensing laws. Also debated will be the role of the liquor industry in reducing alcohol-related harm.
The “Working Together 2005” conference is being organised and sponsored by the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) and will be held at The Edge Conference Centre, better known as the Aotea Centre, on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March.
“This conference is for people working in and with licensed premises,” says ALAC’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Mike MacAvoy.
“It is designed to reduce alcohol-related harm at a community level by providing an opportunity for all the agencies involved in the monitoring and enforcement of the Sale of Liquor Act, Host Responsibility and district planning to share innovative ideas and programmes,” he says.
Police, District Licensing Inspectors, health promoters, safer community projects, injury prevention specialists and the alcohol industry itself are urged to attend.
“ALAC is working with a wide range of people from health, Police, Local authorities and Crime Prevention as well as the liquor and hospitality industries - all of whom are enthusiastic about the conference,” says Dr MacAvoy.
“This is an opportune time to have such a conference with the issue of serving intoxicated people on licensed premises making national headlines following the death of a Massey university student after drinking at a hotel.
“We will be using this time to update people on projects such as Host Responsibility, the development of guidelines for monitoring intoxication and, of course, to keep people up to date with all of ALAC’s work in this area. Enforcement of the Sale of Liquor Act is a critical part of ALAC’s broad social marketing programme.”
Registration for the conference closes on February 4th 2005. Registration forms are available on ALAC’s web site at www. alac.org.nz/UpComingEvents.aspx and further details of the conference will be posted as they become available.
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