In the lead-up to Christmas, it is timely to remind our community to be mindful of our actions when it comes to alcohol and our youth.
Most of our youth in the community are doing the right thing but there are some young people who when intoxicated not only lack respect for themselves but also for their parents, community and any person in authority.
As a community we all have to take responsibility and ensure that alcohol is not getting into the hands of our youth.
Whether it is individuals or businesses illegally supplying liquor, we need to make sure we take action and report it immediately to police.
When you see youth being supplied alcohol in the early afternoon, this has a direct correlation to the intoxicated youths who cause the anti-social behaviour such as yelling profanities, smashing bottles and damaging property at night.
This causes fear and distress to some in our community, leaving residents being kept up late and having to repeatedly call for police assistance.
Local police will be targeting establishments and persons who are selling alcohol to or buying it for those under the age of 18 and will consider prosecution if the evidence exists.
The following fines apply for those selling or supplying liquor illegally: juveniles purchasing liquor, as well as those that purchase liquor on behalf of juveniles, are liable for a $2000 fine.
Licensees and managers are also liable for a fine of $10,000 and other staff a fine of $2000.
If anyone has any information on anyone supplying alcohol to youths, please call police 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.