Forum readies parents and students for leavers
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.