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Successful Sydney liquor accords

GrogWatch follower Julia sent us a photo of one of the paper bags she was given while shopping in an Eastern Sydney suburb over the weekend.

The paper bag looks like any other you might pick up from a bottle shop, with one striking exception: a large red STOP sign emblazoned on the side. Beneath that, there’s a message reminding consumers that supplying people under 18 with alcohol is an offence that carries either a hefty fine or time in jail:

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The packaging is only one example of a New South Wales ‘local liquor accord’ – an agreement between councils, hotels, bottle shops and other relevant community groups, made to improve community safety and reduce anti-social behaviour.

In short, it’s a great idea, and it’s exciting to see bottle shops and other liquor retailers actively promoting the safe consumption of their products, rather than waiting for regulation.