Award for Excellence 2012

Local Government Managers Association Qld

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council was awarded at a Gala Dinner on the 19th April 2012, the Award for  Excellence, for the category of “Collaboration” in the LGMA (Local Government Managers Association Queensland Inc.) Awards 2012 for the CALM initiative.

The awards acknowledge and celebrates the outstanding work being undertaken by local governments across Queensland. The LGMA Qld Awards for Excellence recognises the best of local government initiatives in the state, noting the differing environments and communities that local government serves.

The CALM liquor accord initiative commenced in 2007 with the creation of CALM Mooloolaba. Since this time there has been a decrease in alcohol related crime and assaults in Mooloolaba by 70% with a decrease of 38% across theSunshine Coast region.

These results would not have been possible without collaborative partnerships formed with The Queensland Police Service, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Queensland Health, Transport and Main Roads, numerous non-government organisations and of course the licensee members of CALM who offer their time proactively working with government agencies and other licensees for the betterment of the local community and visitors to the Sunshine Coast region.



Excellence in Alcohol Management

National Awards for Local Government 2011

The CALM program was announced as the winner of the Excellence in Alcohol Management category of the 2011 National Awards for Local Government.

The National Awards for Local Government recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia. The National Awards are an important component of the Government’s partnership with local government, showcasing unique local solutions to common problems.

CATEGORY – Excellence in Alcohol Management

Winner: Sunshine Coast Regional Council, QLD – Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management (CALM)

About the category

This award recognises councils who work collaboratively with their community to respond to local alcohol issues.

The important role of local government in alcohol management

The Department of Health and Ageing acknowledges that local governments around Australia are involved in developing and delivering a range of alcohol management strategies. This means working with all levels of government to support broader national strategies as well as working at the local level with the community, industry groups and non-government organisations to respond to alcohol issues in their area.



IPAA Queensland Public Sector Excellence Awards

IPAA Queensland Public Sector Excellence Awards which recognise individual excellence and best practice in public administration and management.

2010 WINNER of Best Practice in Local Government category

Awarded to a team working in local government which has delivered best practice outcomes and made a significant contribution to service delivery for their local community.

Community Programs Team – CALM Liquor Accords, from Sunshine Coast Regional Council

The Community Programs Service Unit Team within Sunshine Coast Regional Council is made up of Michael Lollback as Manager, four Community Development Officers, a Strategic Project Officer, Senior Project Officer, and a Project Officer.  The Team delivers a very successful program called the CALM Liquor Accords.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council funds and co-ordinates CALM liquor accords on the Sunshine Coast, partnering with the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Queensland Transport and the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation in supporting the accords across the region.

The Accord is based on 12 principles which were developed in partnership with local licensees, State Government, Council, other agencies and local businesses. The first CALM liquor accord on the Sunshine Coast was established at Mooloolaba in 2007.The goal of the CALM Sunshine Coast liquor accord is to enhance community safety and wellbeing across the region through the development of, and commitment to, strategies and initiatives focused on alcohol harm minimisation and community development.

The project aims to target alcohol-related violence by assisting licensees, government agencies and the local community to develop strategies to reduce incidents. This includes developing projects aimed at addressing increases in population on the Sunshine Coast by up to 500,000 people four  times annually during peak tourist seasons. CALM is designed to assist government agencies and peak bodies to achieve key results in the areas of liquor management and harm reduction and invite licensees, traders and community members to provide initiatives to reduce alcohol-related violence, crime and drink driving offences



Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards

Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management(CALM) Sunshine Coast (Queensland)

Award: Meritorious Police Certificate

Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management (CALM) Sunshine Coast was established in 2008 as a regional body to co-ordinate and overview the development and operations of seven placed-based Liquor Accords (each utilising the name CALM). These Accords had been established in various communities throughout the Sunshine Coast since December 2007. It has total ‘buy in’ from licensees across the Coast and they act as Chairs of Accords.

The long-term goals of CALM Sunshine Coast is to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crime in and around licensed venues and precincts, minimising harm to patrons by reducing the incidence of binge drinking through rigid adherence to responsible service of alcohol principles and generally enhancing the reputation of the Sunshine Coast as a safe place to live, holiday and do business in.

Prior to CALM, various tourist areas of the Sunshine Coast had serious alcohol-related violence, crime and social disorder issues. Major reductions in alcohol-related assaults, robberies and sexual assaults have been achieved. Reductions have also been achieved in public-order arrests and complaints regarding unruly behaviour from local residents. Generally, positive marketing of the Sunshine Coast as a safe family holiday destination has delivered a region-wide impact on tourism and employment.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council provide limited funding to facilitate meetings of all CALM Liquor Accords and associated key community and business stakeholders. Localised Accords are self-funded and meet monthly or bi-monthly.


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