Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Services Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
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 7 December to get their funding applications in.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today that through local partnerships, LDATs provide evidence-based prevention activities to minimise alcohol and other drug related harms in their communities.
“The CLP is committed to keeping Territory families and communities safe and through the proactive work of Local Drug Action Teams, we are taking a preventative approach to tackling drug issues,” Senator Scullion 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.
“This program helps their contemporaries understand the challenges in dealing with these issues and creates a pathway to help them to address their issues.”
“Earlier this year, I announced Local Drug Action Teams had been established in Palmerston and Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, with both receiving an initial $10,000 in funding to help develop local Community Action Plans. I encourage more communities to apply and set up more Local Drug Action Teams across the Territory to help tackle the impact of drugs on their community.”
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