Shire to shout $1k for survey

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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 and will be open un­til 28 Fe­bru­ary.

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