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Street crew dishes out red frogs and water to party goers

Enjoying last Saturday night in Toowoomba are (from left) Adam Gibson, crew member Caleb Kirby, Bonnie Williams and crew member Heath Martin.
Enjoying last Saturday night in Toowoomba are (from left) Adam Gibson, crew member Caleb Kirby, Bonnie Williams and crew member Heath Martin.

FREE bottled water and lollies will be distributed in the city's streets over the festive period in an effort to curb the negative effects of drug and alcohol consumption.

Members of the Metro Care Street Crew will hit the CBD streets after dark during the peak party period.

They will help out party-goers and offer free bottles of water and red frog lollies.

"The idea behind the red frogs is just to break the ice," Metro Care operations manager Matt Gregg said.

"It is also a lot of fun; almost everyone likes red frogs."

Mr Gregg will be one of six Street Crew members who will be working on New Year's Eve.

The Street Crew is an outreach program supported by the Metro Church.

It started in 2010 to help young people at Grand Central Shopping Centre.

This year the initiative was expanded to assist people in pubs and clubs on Friday and Saturday nights.

More than 5000 bottles of water and 350 kilograms of red frog lollies have been distributed in Toowoomba.

Recently the Toowoomba Liquor Industry Action Group provided financial contributions and resources to the crew.

"The core focus of our group is to address issues associated with the consumption of alcohol within the Toowoomba region," LIAG president Brad Fitzgibbons said.

"For us, supporting this initiative was seen as a win-win for our organisation and the region."

Topics:  alcohol, drugs




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