Christian Porter urges local drug prevention groups to reach out to Federal Government

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CHIEF law officer Christian Porter wants groups tackling drug and alcohol issues in their communities to reach out for help from the Federal Government.

The Attorney-General and Member for Pearce said applications are open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which helps groups develop local plans and activities.

“Setting the Foundations for Change based in Northam was one of the forty LDATs announced in September last year and delivers support services to the Northam, Wundowie, Grass Valley, Copley, Bakers Hill, and Clackline areas,” he said.

“Any organisation with an interest in tackling drug and alcohol issues in their community is encouraged to apply.”

LDAT members could include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services.

Funding support for the community project is part of a $298 million national effort to beat illicit drug and alcohol use.

Mr Porter said the National Ice Taskforce recognised action at local level and building community engagement was a vital part of the effort.

“Successful applicants will initially receive $10,000 to help them to develop a local action plan,” he said.

“Once the plan is finalised, LDATs can apply to receive up to an additional $30,000 in their first year (and then $40,000 a year) to support delivery of local activities.”

A community group may be involved with raising awareness of methamphetamine risk, encouraging users to seek help and working with vulnerable people to improve their situation through education and employment services.

Equally recognised is the need to provide support and information for parents and carers to enable them to talk about alcohol and drug issues with their children, and reducing the impact of violence and harm in public places.

Applications for round three of the LDAT program close on February 19, with the program continuing into 2019.

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