Community groups in Capricornia and Flynn are joining forces under a Turnbull 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 have been announced to tackle the challenges being faced by their community caused by ice and other drugs.
Hard-working Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, welcomed the Local Drug Action Team to the fight against the scourge of ‘Ice’ and other drugs.
“Central Queensland Local Drug Action Team has formed and will receive an initial $10,000 in funding to deliver support services in CQ focusing on the Rockhampton and Livingstone regions,” said Ms Landry.
“The group will be focussing on building resilience in young people with a particular focus on indigenous families’ role in community providing a culturally enriched setting.”
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 Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) 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 Turnbull Government is providing $19.2 million for the program which will support teams to 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,” said Ms Landry
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.
“We must also continue to stop these drugs entering Australia and we have already made significant investments in policing our borders and our streets to combat the supply of ice.” Ms Landry said.
The AFP has seized over 12 tonnes of methamphetamine since January 2013. This included a 903kg haul of ice which was discovered in April this year – Australian largest methamphetamine seizure.
“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 the harms of drugs,” said Ms Landry.
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 reduction 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