Joint Media Release with Minister for Rural Health Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
The Coalition Government is delivering on our strategy to tackle the scourge of ice in our communities, with another two Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) being established in the Northern Territory.
Under the programme, partnerships work together to empower and education communities to prevent and reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs in their community.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion has congratulated Palmerston and Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island with both LDATs to receive an initial $10,000 in funding to help develop local Community Action Plans. Those groups can then apply for additional funding to help deliver targeted, local projects, with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.
“I’m pleased that people from Palmerston and Wurrumiyanga are working to tackle the devastating impact of alcohol and drugs — including ice,” Senator Scullion said.
“The teams will deliver local health prevention activities, including education, mentoring and support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms.”
“This is why the roll-out of our own Local Drug Action Teams will be important for the strength, health and well-being of our community now, and into the future.”
Minister for Rural Health, Bridget McKenzie said the Coalition is investing $298 million over four years to combat drug and alcohol misuse across Australia under the National Ice Action Strategy.
“Regional communities are often the hardest hit when it comes to ice abuse and addiction,” Minister McKenzie said.
“I want to congratulate all successful LDATs, it is important that we provide communities with the right tools, resources and support to drive change at a local level,” Minister McKenzie said.
More information about LDATs can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website www.adf.org.au/ldat