The Uniting Church was recently invited to join the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition. The VicTas synod will join several organisations campaigning to reduce alcohol misuse in the community. Coalition members include the Australian Drug Foundation, Cancer Council Victoria, Heart Foundation Victoria and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.
The coalition is currently working to restrict marketing directed at teens, ensuring licence obligations are met and reducing liquor stores numbers. It will also campaign against late night operating hours. The group’s long-term goal is to promote a safer drinking culture.
“Being invited to join the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition is a great compliment to all the Uniting Church members who have campaigned for alcohol reform over the last few years,” the Commission for Mission’s Justice and International Mission unit director, Dr Mark Zirnsak, said.