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‘ASK FOR ANGELA’ LAUNCHES IN COOMA
‘Ask for Angela’ will soon be available at up to 15 hotels, clubs and bars across Cooma thanks to collaboration between the Cooma Liquor Accord, Australian Hotels Association and Monaro Police District.
Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the internationally recognised initiative encouraged patrons to ask for help if they were getting unwanted attention or felt their safety was at risk.
“It’s great to see Cooma Liquor Accord and its member venues joining the growing number of regions to introduce ‘Ask for Angela’,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s a modern approach to a modern issue. By asking for Angela, a patron can subtly alert staff who can intervene by calling police, organising safe transport home or referring the patron to support services.
“Having the ‘Ask for Angela’ posters and other advertising displayed prominently throughout a venue can help to deter unwanted behaviour and increase awareness that venue staff are available to help when needed.”
Cooma Liquor Accord chair Kade Morell said local licensees want patrons to feel safe in their venues and welcome the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign being rolled out across the region.
“Any time a patron may feel uneasy about a situation, they can simply ask for Angela and staff will help,” he said.
Mr Barilaro congratulated Cooma’s licensed venues for working together and being proactive in their approach to patron safety.
“Given the increasing popularity of online dating apps, many people are meeting for dates at bars, clubs and pubs having never met, beyond the screens of their phone or computer,” Mr Barilaro said.
“‘Ask for Angela’ is a great example of the valuable work the licensees in the Cooma Liquor Accord do to target alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.”
‘Ask for Angela’ has already been launched in Albury, Wagga Wagga, Orange, Bathurst, Byron Bay, Manning, Goulburn, Yass, Southern Highlands, Port Macquarie and City of Sydney.