Cross marks spot where violence is all too common

Jul 11, 2012

When Thomas Kelly was fatally attacked in Kings Cross at the weekend, he was in one of the city’s most dangerous locations on the most dangerous night of the week. A map showing all assaults outside private homes within 500 metres of Kings Cross railway station last year illustrates that the area in Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road is in the centre of a hot spot.

Liquor licence freeze extended

Jun 21, 2012

A freeze on new liquor licences in Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and the southern central business district will be extended for six months while a study into the impact of the clustering of licensed venues is completed.

Street violence rhetoric widens

Jun 5, 2012

The blame-shifting over Byron’s late-night alcohol-fuelled brawling and assaults now includes state politicans and the Australian Medical Association. The issue went state-wide after Channel Ten aired footage last week of late-night fights on Jonson Street.

Street wars

Jun 1, 2012

A Current Affair spends a night with NSW paramedics, looking at the effect alcohol-related violence is having on emergency services.

Watch the video here

Research evidence for reducing alcohol-related harm

May 30, 2012

Research evidence for reducing alcohol-related harm, produced by A/prof John Wiggers Director, Population Health, and School of Medicine and Population Health, University of Newcastle. Research focusing on regulating supply, reducing demand, drink driving, treatment and early intervention, and community programs.

Police slam small bar idea – Newcastle Herald

May 30, 2012

Emergency service workers have slammed reports that creating a ‘‘small bar’’ culture in Newcastle will drive down alcohol-related assaults and antisocial behaviour. Police Association of NSW President Scott Weber said history shows that creating clusters of smaller licensed venues will lead to an increase in alcohol-related crime.

Alcohol puts 10 a day into Hunter hospitals – Newcastle Herald

May 21, 2012

Hunter residents are drinking themselves into oblivion, with a huge surge in the number of people admitted to hospital each year for alcohol-related injury or sickness.

People before profit in the grog industry – Newcastle Herald

May 16, 2012

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione was in the news this week linking takeaway alcohol to high rates of domestic violence in NSW. He was prompted by a NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research which found that while alcohol-related violence was decreasing, the rates of alcohol- related domestic violence remained virtually unchanged and disappointingly high.

Dan Murphy’s fight linked to top cop’s bottle shop call – South Coast Register

May 16, 2012

AN application to build a Dan Murphy’s outlet in East Nowra might have contributed to Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s call for tougher regulations on sales of takeaway alcohol, according to Shoalhaven Mayor Paul Green.

Police backed in singling out bottle shops – SMH

May 15, 2012

A prominent alcohol researcher has backed calls by the NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, to examine the role of bottle shop sales in areas with stubbornly high rates of domestic violence.