Local organisations are urged to apply for funding to put more Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) on the ground to tackle ice and other drug issues in our communities.
Round four of the LDAT program has now opened and interested community organisations have until the 7th of December to get their funding applications in.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said today that through local partnerships, LDATs provide evidence-based prevention activities to minimise alcohol and other drug related harms in their communities.
“The Liberal National government is committed to keeping Australian families and communities safe and through the proactive work of local LDATs, we are taking a preventative approach to tackling drug issues,” Mr Vasta said.
“So far we have seen 172 LDATs funded across Australia and these teams directly tackle the devastating impact alcohol and drugs – including ice – have on their communities.
“We have had some excellent examples of the work these groups are doing to prevent drug use and improve health outcomes for young people.
“For example, the Wangaratta LDAT in Victoria is educating staff in workplaces on the challenges facing their colleagues who have a problem with alcohol or drugs.
“This program helps their contemporaries understand the challenges in dealing with these issues and creates a pathway to help them to address their issues.”
The Minister for Regional Services, Bridget McKenzie said the teams were supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which helped the LDATs develop and implement primary prevention activities in the community.
“This is all about community partnerships working together on a plan of action to prevent and minimise stamp out the misuse of drugs and alcohol in their town – developing local solutions for local problems,” Minister McKenzie said.
“If you want to make a difference in your community, like many LDATs already have, I encourage you to build local partnership and apply for the program.”
More information about LDATs and the application process can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website https://community.adf.org.au/implement