Hasluck MHR urges community groups to apply for Local Drug Action Team funding

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COMMUNITY driven action to tackle drug use in the eastern region has the backing of the Federal Government through a second round of funding support.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt urged community groups to apply for up to $40,000 a year after no local groups applied in the first round.

The Local Drug Action Team program is part of a $298 million investment over four years to reduce drug and alcohol use.

“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,” he said.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is supporting the action on delivering evidence-based community planning to make a difference.

Mr Wyatt said each successful Local Drug Action Team would receive a minimum initial funding of $10,000 for development of a grassroots plan of 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,” he said.

“I’m calling on concerned community groups in Hasluck to join together and take advantage of this program.”

The membership of each team could include people from councils, schools, police, youth services, health and treatment centres, along with community groups.

Local Drug Action Teams may be active in sharing fact-based information about drug and alcohol harm or guiding people at risk to access support.

They may also work with vulnerable people or support parents and carers to talk with their children about alcohol and drug-related issues.

The second round of funding applications closes on July 14.

For more visit http://adf.org.au.

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