An Echuca-based Aboriginal organisation is taking up the challenge of preventing drug and alcohol related harm in the area by forming an officially recognised Local Drug Action Team, backed by $10,000 of Federal Government funding.

The Njernda Aboriginal Corporation LDAT is one of more than 40 new partnerships across Australia that have been accepted into the Federal Government’s LDAT program, bringing the total number of LDATs nationally to 280 – including seven in the Nicholls electorate.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, welcomed the formation of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation LDAT, which can apply for additional funding to support the delivery of its action plan.

“The initial federal funding of $10,000 will go towards the development and implementation of a tailored community action plan addressing alcohol and other drug issues in their community,” Mr Drum said.

“The LDAT program recognises that every community is different and solutions to these problems, which can be very complex, have to come from the community.

“I look forward to seeing the Njernda Community Action Plan developed and implemented, and the positive impact on Echuca and surrounding communities.”

Njernda’s focus is to deliver community controlled, holistic services and programs that improve the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the Aboriginal community of Echuca and surrounding areas.

LDATs deliver evidence-based information, prevention, and harm reduction activities, to connect, engage and empower people, especially young people, to help steer them away from misusing alcohol and other drugs.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said LDATs bring together organisations across the community, including service providers, schools, police, young people, Indigenous and primary health services and other non-government organisations.

“Njernda Aboriginal Corporation LDAT will be assisted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manages the national LDAT program for the Federal Government.”

“Damian has worked hard with his community to combat alcohol and drug misuse and this new LDAT provides another tool for the local community to use to combat the issue.”

The LDAT program is part of the Federal Government’s $450 million National Ice Action Strategy to combat drug and alcohol misuse across Australia.

Free and confidential advice about treatment services can be obtained from the National Alcohol and Other Drug hotline on 1800 250 015.

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