Peel groups invited to take action on drugs

The second round of applications are now open for local organisations to join the federal government’s Local Drug Action Team program.

Community groups across Australia take part in the program to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction.

“We need to work together to fight meth and other drugs which are causing so much harm to individuals, families and our communities,” Canning MP Andrew Hastie said.

The program is an initiative under the Turnbull Government’s $298 million program to reduce the harms of drugs and alcohol.

Local Drug Action Teams are community driven programs supporting local organisations to work together to develop and deliver local solutions to tackle drug and alcohol issues.

Mr Hastie said each successful Local Drug Action Team would 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,” he said.

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

“Membership of each team might include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations and interested community members.”

Examples of the sorts of activities Local Drug Action Teams might undertake could include:

  • Fighting drugs communities by promoting and disseminating evidence-based information and encouraging people to access available support.
  • Working with vulnerable people to improve engagement with education/employment services.
  • Providing support and information for parents and carers to talk to each other and their children about alcohol and other drug issues.
  • Developing local solutions for reducing alcohol-related violence and other drug harms in community spaces.

Applications close on July 14.

Details about the program, community support material and application documentation is available on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.

The federal electorate of Canning includes Mandurah, Pinjarra and the Peel region. Image: Australia Electoral Commission.

The federal electorate of Canning includes Mandurah, Pinjarra and the Peel region. Image: Australia Electoral Commission.