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‘ASK FOR ANGELA’ LAUNCHES IN THE SNOWIES AHEAD OF SUPER SKI SEASON
Snowy Mountains venues have re-launched the ‘Ask for Angela’ safety campaign as they prepare to host the annual influx of visitors for the super ski season.
Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the internationally recognised initiative will mean safer nights out for patrons in the Snowy this winter.
“It’s great to see Snowy Mountains Liquor Accord re-launching ‘Ask for Angela’, which is already operating in Cooma and Queanbeyan,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Patrons can ask for Angela if they feel they are in a difficult or unsafe situation which will discretely let staff know that person needs help. Staff can then assist by calling the police, organising safe transport home or referring the patron to support services,” he said.
Snowy Mountains Liquor Accord chair Cameron McKid said around 14 venues in Jindabyne, Perisher and Thredbo are expected to promote the campaign this snow season. “Many patrons from all over come to the Snowy Mountains during the ski season, and with our area’s unique weather and transport issues sometimes making it difficult to get home, it’s important that they feel safe in our licensed premises,” Mr McKid said. “Ask for Angela’ reminds patrons that venue staff are there to help them when they may feel unsafe and help remove them from the situation.”
The campaign involves venues displaying posters and making small cards available in toilets for patrons as another option to discreetly inform staff they need help. Liquor & Gaming NSW has recently produced these cards to add to range of campaign material available to venues.
Minister for Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor congratulated Snowy Mountains’ licensed venues for working together to improve the safety of men and women visiting the Snowy Mountains.
“Online dating is increasingly popular and many people are choosing to meet for the first time at bars and clubs,” Ms Taylor said.
“‘Ask for Angela’ gives people peace of mind that help is at hand if needed.
“This initiative is a great example of the valuable work venues across NSW are doing to ensure patrons have a safe environment to socialise and enjoy themselves,” she said.
‘Ask for Angela’ is supported by NSW Police, Liquor & Gaming NSW and the Australian Hotels Association. Representatives of Australian Hotels Association and Liquor & Gaming NSW this week visited the Snowy region to provide venue staff with refresher training on liquor laws and responsible service of alcohol measures.