Client: The Bourke Alcohol Working Group

Development of a discussion paper, The Impact of Alcohol in the Bourke Community, to inform the inaugural Bourke Alcohol Working Group forum

Project timeline: May 2008 - June 2008

Brief description:

The Bourke Alcohol Working Group was formed as a partnership between the Bourke Community Drug Action Team (CDAT); Bourke Police; Bourke Shire; Bourke Community Working Party; Greater Western Area Health Service; NSW Health; Bourke Aboriginal Medical Service; Bourke Liquor Accord and NSW Liquor and Gaming to undertake a project to identify and address some of the alcohol related issues in Bourke.

The purpose of this paper was to provide a contextual framework for the initial Bourke Alcohol Forum that would inform the development of a 5 year Alcohol Management Plan in Bourke, Western NSW.


  • Review, collate and present health and police data relating to alcohol misuse in the Bourke community

  • Identify impacts of alcohol misuse

  • Highlight key areas to prioritise for attention

  • Provide a framework to develop a 5 year Alcohol Management Plan which would articulate key strategies for adoption

  • Present and facilitate one of the project’s work groups