Will the binge drinking advertisements be effective?

Last year the Federal Government introduced a $53 million dollar scheme to tackle the ‘binge drinking epidemic.’ They introduced measures including the alcopop tax and restrictions on lock out times which were met controversy. Last November the government pledged $20 million dollars to create binge dirnking advertisements. I spoke to the Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol, Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, Daryl Smeaton about the new campaign and whether he believes it will be effective.

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Projects set to begin

Wollongong City Council will take on 10 long-awaiting projects after receiving Federal funding last week. The grant will go towards infrastructure programs in the region including disabled access for the Continental Pool and Illawarra Performing Art Centre. The funding will also go towards a new building fro the storage of lifeguard rescue equipment at Stanwell Park Beach, footpath improvements and Belmore Basin and Flagstaff Hill and a playground in the Civic Plaza. The sporting fields in the Illawarra also received funding for projects as Reed Park at Dapto, Darcy Wentworth Park in Warrawong and Rex Jackson Park at Helensburgh. Security improvements at Dapto Mall have also benefited from the Federal Government grant. The projects are set to begin in February this year.