Fo­rum read­ies par­ents and stu­dents for leavers

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Te­gan Guthrie

Gold­fields par­ents and high school grad­u­ates learnt the pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives of leavers’ cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing a pub­lic fo­rum last week.

Hosted by the Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Lo­cal Drug Ac­tion Group and School Drug Ed­u­ca­tion and Road Aware, the fo­rum aimed at pre­par­ing both par­ents and stu­dents for leavers and so­cial events where al­co­hol may be present.

Perth mother Sa­man­tha Menezes was in­vited to speak to the au­di­ence about the new Sec­ondary Sup­ply laws com­ing into leg­is­la­tion that many par­ents and young peo­ple may have been un­aware of.

Un­der the new laws, any adult who sup­plies al­co­hol to a per­son un­der the age of 18 with­out the per­mis­sion of the mi­nor’s par­ent may in­cur a $10,000 fine. That would in­clude 18 year olds go­ing to leavers with their 17-year-old friends.

Jen­nine Kiely, of Ellery Brook­man Solic­i­tors and Bar­ris­ters, also spoke on le­gal rights and prob­lems young peo­ple may have be­cause of lack of le­gal knowl­edge.

Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der res­i­dents Georgia Foulkes-Tay­lor and Mel Hay­ward spoke about their ex­pe­ri­ences and em­pha­sised the need to plan with par­ents to en­sure the safety and en­joy­ment of ev­ery­one.

For more, call Carol-Anne Bradley on 0429 887 378.

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