Opportunity for community groups in the North to help fight drug scourge

Community groups across the north are being encouraged to join forces to help tackle drug use and addiction, with applications now open for the second round of the

Federal Government’s Local Drug Action Team program.

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald earlier this year announced the first of these teams in the Burke region.

“Local Drug Action Teams are a community driven program that supports local organisations to work together to develop and deliver local solutions to tackle drug and alcohol issues,” Senator Macdonald said.

“No community is immune to the damage and devastation that drugs such as ice are having, and there’s no doubt a multi-pronged attack that is driven by local agencies is the best place to start,” Senator Macdonald said.

“I am pleased to see one of these groups already in action in the North, and encourage more groups to take advantage of this program to help address such a serious issue.”

The program is an initiative under the Turnbull Government’s four year, $298million investment to reduce the harm of ice, drugs and alcohol.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will support the program to develop and deliver evidence-based community level planning and action.

Senator Macdonald said each successful Local Drug Action Team will receive a minimum initial funding of $10,000 to support the further development of their local plan for on the ground prevention activities.

“Community teams can apply for funding of up to $40,000 per annum to support the prevention activities and priorities they have identified in response to local issues.”

Membership of local teams can include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations and interested community members.

Examples of the type of activities these teams could undertake include:

  • Fighting the scourge of ice in communities by promoting and disseminating evidence-based information and encouraging people to access available support                                        
  • Working with vulnerable people to improve engagement with education/employment services
  • Providing support and information for parents and carers to talk to each other and their children about alcohol and other drug issues
  • Developing local solutions for reducing alcohol-related violence and other drug harms in community spaces.

Applications close on 14 July, 2017. Details about the program, community support material and application information is available on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au

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