Shire to shout $1k for survey
A $1000 travel voucher is being offered to one member of the Campaspe community who takes part in a community survey on experiences of alcohol use.
The survey is part of a project being undertaken by the Shire of Campaspe in partnership with community agencies and researchers, to develop ideas and deliver projects that aim to combat risky alcohol consumption in subcultures within Campaspe.
The project is made possible through a $25,000 scoping grant via the VicHealth Alcohol Culture Change initiative.
Campaspe Economic and Community Development General Manager, Keith Oberin, said compared to the rest of Victoria, Campaspe residents drink alcohol more frequently and at rates that are more risky.
‘‘Campaspe has a strong drinking culture generally speaking, however, a problematic culture of alcohol consumption within particular groups has previously been identified as part of the Healthier Campaspe Project,” Mr Oberin said.
“Organisations involved in the Healthier Campaspe Project, including representatives from the police and community health providers, prioritised alcohol consumption as having a significant negative impact on local communities in Campaspe.’’
‘‘We are therefore very pleased to receive a $25,000 grant via the VicHealth Alcohol Culture Change Grants Initiative to proactively address this issue in partnership with local agencies and the broader community.’’
The initiative provides $1.3 million to local councils to change risky drinking cultures across two stages of funding.
Campaspe is one of eight councils shortlisted as part of stage one.
They are required to develop partnerships, plan, scope and refine their ideas into a project proposal ready for stage two.
Those who show the greatest potential during the first stage may be offered subsequent funding between $250,000 and $300,000.
“While specific groups will be identified within Campaspe as undertaking risky or harmful alcohol consumption, it’s important to recognise that this is a societal issue, with the ramifications going well beyond the individual, often with families and friends also affected by the behaviour,’’ Mr Oberin said.
“The wider community is being consulted on this project to assist in identifying who the subcultures are that engage in risky drinking behaviour.’’
“To assist in identifying risky drinking subcultures within Campaspe and help test initial assumptions, residents are being encouraged to complete a survey.’’
The $1000 travel voucher is being used to encourage community members to participate in the survey.
‘‘The valuable insights we receive from residents across the shire will help shape the final stage one project proposal.’’
The stage one project will be completed by March 2017.
The Campaspe Safe Alcohol Use Survey can be completed online via Council’s website www.campaspe.vic.gov.au and will be open until 28 February.