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New liquor portal reveals alcohol abuse hotspots

August 11, 2020
By Alana House

A new online portal created by the NSW Government has revealed the state’s hotspots for alcohol-related hospitalisations and domestic violence.

In Sydney, Hunters Hill, Waverley and Inner West council areas have the highest rates of alcohol-­related hospitalisations in the city, while communities in the southwest, such as Georges River and Canterbury-Bankstown council areas, have some of the lowest rates.

When it comes to deaths from alcohol, the Central Coast, Blacktown and Wollondilly council areas are the top hotspots.

Alcohol map NSW

The worst areas for alcohol-related domestic violence are Woolloomooloo, St Marys and suburbs on the Central Coast.

The portal also publishes live data showing the density of licensed outlets in suburbs. It will help inform decisions about development applications for new liquor licences. 

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said LiveData is a “game changer” for governments, industry and the community.

LiveData brings together multiple data categories from a range of government sources in one centralised, easy-to-use portal, giving everyone easy access to the latest data on liquor-related information in their local area,” Dominello said.

“This will improve transparency around liquor licence applications and empower communities to respond to local challenges.”

Dominello said the tool has the same data which the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority considers when it assesses applications for new liquor licences.

“This interactive tool gives stakeholders a bird’s-eye view of liquor licences so they can make more informed decisions,” Dominello said.

“This will make it simpler and quicker for residents and other stakeholders to understand local alcohol-related trends if they wish to make a submission on a liquor licence application.

“The information will also help applicants develop a plan of management that provides a safe environment for patrons and addresses any concerns raised by the local community.”

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