HUNTER Valley Local Area Command (LAC) is hoping its latest addition to the ranks will send a visual message to the residents in the region.
The new Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) canopy is designed to address the issue of secondary supply of alcohol to minors at a local level, with signage targeting a variety of age groups.
And, Senior Constable Sheree Gray believes it could make a difference within the Upper Hunter.
“In 2012, the Northern Beaches CDAT developed the ‘Stop the Supply’ campaign, which aims to reduce underage drinking and young people’s access to alcohol,” she explained.
“The initial success of that operation has seen it expand to other regions throughout NSW, including the Hunter Valley LAC.
“The campaign raises awareness of the offences and penalties relating to the supply of alcohol to minors and highlights some of the key suppliers of alcohol such as parents and older friends.
“It delivers a clear message that secondary supply of alcohol to a person under 18 years is against the law – and results in a minimum on the spot fine of $1100 or a fine up to $11,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment (NSW Liquor Act 2007).
“Residents will see this CDAT canopy at school fetes and local events, for example – it’s really a resource for the community.”
Senior Constable Gray admitted secondary supply of alcohol to minors was “a concern” in the area.
“A recent survey revealed that there is a high percentage of people giving children alcohol,” she said.
“But, we’re also aware that youngsters are making better choices around their first drink.
“I think it’s because there is more information out there.”
For further details about the campaign, visit www.stopthesupply.org.au