I was pleased to attend the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth’s annual Action on Alcohol Awards this morning to honour the many people working to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm to Western Australia’s young people.
This event also marked the fifth birthday for the McCusker Centre, which has made a strong contribution to increasing awareness of the impacts of alcohol on our young people.
The awards span seven categories, including the Young People in Action award. which went to the middle and senior school students from Albany ALTA-1. These students collaborated on a project to address the issue of secondary supply of alcohol by calling on parents who provide alcohol to young people to “be a parent”.
Other organisations recognised today included St John Ambulance, the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation Community Council and Kalgoorlie Local Drug Action Group.
Today’s awards showed the range of individuals and organisations working at a local level to help educate young people on the risks of alcohol consumption and alcohol’s cost to society.
Reducing alcohol-related harm in children and young people is an ongoing priority area for my office.
I congratulate all of the winners and congratulate the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol for their ongoing commitment to raising awareness.
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People