By Nicole Hegarty.
Sunshine Coast Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC) is trialling a novel approach to preventing alcohol-fuelled violence.
Videos on alcohol-fuelled violence prevention that were generated by the audience will be shown at the PCYC oval in Nambour tomorrow night before the free screening of The Avengers.
The ‘Drive in Against Violence’ is jointly funded as part of a recent agreement between the Queensland Police Service and the Sunshine Coast PCYC.
Sunshine Coast PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Marty Hunt says 15 to 25 year-olds submit the videos as part of a competition to get people thinking about their behaviour.
“We came up with this type of event that we thought would attract a lot of young people but also allow young people to have a voice on this issue and be able to then play those videos to other young people,” Sgt Hunt says.
Competition entrant Tyler McLean says it’s time for youth to send a strong message to their peers.
“You never hear anything like this from youth,” Mr McLean says.
“I feel like it would be a more powerful message if it was delivered by a younger generation.”
According to preliminary Queensland Police Service statistics, alcohol-fuelled violence has been the cause of at least 11 deaths in the state since 2009.
Two of these victims were killed on the Sunshine Coast.
Sgt Hunt says the issue is spread right across the community.
“After 30 years of policing I can tell you that alcohol is probably one of the biggest causes of disturbances and violence and incidents that police have to attend,” Sgt Hunt says.
“It’s certainly one of those things in society that is part of our culture but we need to moderate that and recognise how it affects our behaviour and how it impacts people in the community.”
Mr McLean says he has witnessed the effects of alcohol-fuelled violence.
“I believe that it is important to raise awareness because it is a very serious issue,” Mr McLean says.
“It hurts not only the one who is drunk but the people around usually get hurt more, either mentally or physically in some cases.”
Sgt Hunt says there is a particularly high alcohol-related risk factor associated with the 15 to 25 age group.
“We really want that age group to have a think about how alcohol affects them and how they can stay safe,” Sgt Hunt says.
“We want people to get involved in the theme of the event.”
Event gates open at 5.30pm before the winners of the competition are announced.