Community groups in Pearce are joining forces under a Liberal Government plan to tackle the scourge of ice, drugs and alcohol at a grass-roots level, delivering support to help those battling drug and alcohol addiction.
In the latest offensive, the next 40 Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) have been announced to tackle the challenges being faced by their community caused by ice and other drugs.
“Setting the Foundations for Change is one of the newly announced LDATs and will receive an initial $10,000 in funding to deliver support services in Pearce focusing on the Northam, Wundowie, Grass Valley, Copley, Bakers Hill, and Clackline areas,” said Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter.
“The group will be focusing on engaging their community to better understand preventative approaches to alcohol and drug harm – it’s about using partnerships to strengthen the resilience of community and to foster connectedness and optimism.”
Across Australia, more than 300 partnerships have been formed between local councils, service providers, schools, police, sporting groups and non-government organisations to bring these teams together to prevent and reduce the harms of drugs.
Over the next three years, 220 LDATs will be established across the country and supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop locally focused and responsive action plans to reduce the impact of drugs, with a particular focus on the drug ice.
“The Liberal Government is providing $19.2 million for the program which will support teams in delivering local health promotion, community-led education and mentoring programs, early intervention and prevention programs, and providing support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms,” Mr Porter said.
“This initiative is part of the Government’s $298 million investment over four years to combat illicit drug and alcohol use through the National Ice Action Strategy.
“We know a community response to an issue like drug and alcohol misuse is one of the best ways to effectively prevent and reduce the harms caused by drugs.
“The roll out of Local Drug Action Teams was a key action under the National Ice Action Strategy in response to the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce, to increase community engagement and action to reduce drug harm.”
The first 40 Local Drug Action Teams rolled out in April this year and delivered local drug and alcohol forums for parents and students, mentoring and professional training for at-risk young people, school based education programs, and promoted the role of local sporting clubs.
Interested community groups can apply for the next application round, which opens in late 2017.
Information can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website www.adf.org.au/ldat