| June 19, 2017

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

The second round of applications is now open for local organisations to join the Turnbull-Joyce Government’s Local Drug Action Team program.

Community groups across Australia are joining forces 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,” Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said.

“There are communities in Murray that are affected by drug and alcohol abuse and it is important that we take full advantage of this program. Local groups know the best way to help prevent the harms of ice, other drugs and alcohol in our communities, and I encourage each of them to apply.

The program is an initiative under the Coalition Government’s four year, $298 million investment to reduce the harms of ice, drugs and alcohol. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will support the program to develop and deliver evidence-based community level planning and action.

“Each successful Local Drug Action Team will 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,” Mr Drum said.

“Local Drug Action teams could include representatives from councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations and community members.

“I’m calling on all concerned community groups across the Murray electorate to join together and take up the fight against drug and alcohol abuse,” Mr Drum said.

Applications are now open. They close on 14 July 2017.

Details about the program, community support material and application documentation is available on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au.

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