Territory community organisations are invited to apply for funding under the second round of the Coalition Government’s Local Drug Action Team programme.
Community groups across Australia are joining forces under the programme to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction.
“We need to work together to fight the scourge of ice and other drugs which cause so much harm to individuals, families and our communities,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
The programme is an initiative under the Coalition Government’s four-year, $298 million investment to reduce the harms of ice, other drugs and alcohol.
Local Drug Action Teams is a community-driven programme that supports local organisations to work together to develop and deliver local solutions to tackle drug and alcohol issues.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will support the programme to develop and deliver evidence-based community-level planning and action.
Senator Scullion said each successful Local Drug Action Team would receive 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,” Senator Scullion said.
“I’m calling on concerned community groups in the Northern Territory to join together and take advantage of this programme.
“Membership of each team might 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 sorts of activities Local Drug Action Teams might undertake include:
- fightingthe 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 and 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 are now open and close on 14 July.
Details about the programme, community support material and application documentation is available on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au