Kalgoorlie-Boulder Local Drug Action Group receives additional Federal Government Support
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Local Drug Action Group will receive additional Federal Government support under its national plan to tackle the challenges caused by ice and other drugs.
Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the Government would direct $20,000 to the Local Drug Action Group in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, allowing the team to build on its existing programs and continue to develop a community-based plan to reduce the spread of illicit substances.
The LDATs are a component of the National Ice Action Strategy and will receive nearly $20 million in funding over four years. They will be focused on delivering local health promotion, community-led education and mentoring programs, early intervention and prevention programs, and providing support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms.
Mr Wilson said Kalgoorlie-Boulder would benefit from additional Government support for an existing team that could utilise local knowledge and bring together services where possible. “We’ve said before that when it comes to tackling the growing use of ice, we really need to be drawing on local expertise and identifying the strategies that work best in particular communities,” he said.
“Methamphetamine is a terrible scourge on all communities, it destroys homes and tears families apart, and here in regional WA we’re certainly not immune to that.
“Recent seizures and arrests in the Goldfields-Esperance region tell the story – police have seized more than $1 million worth of ice since December, so the drug is finding its way into the community and we need to continue to educate people about how dangerous it can be.
“The LDAG in Kalgoorlie-Boulder will start a marketing campaign and continue to run events over the course of the year to engage young people in activities to educate them about drug and alcohol issues.”
Across Australia, more than 160 partnerships have been formed between local councils, service providers, schools, police, sporting groups and non-government organisations to bring these teams together to prevent and reduce the harms of drugs.
Over the next three years, 220 Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) will be established across the country and supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop locally focused and responsive action plans to reduce the impact of drugs, with a particular focus on the drug ice.
A new web-based information toolkit will also provide communities with information about ice, including the harms associated with use, and information about accessing services and support.
The toolkit is available online at cracksintheice.org.au and provides tailored information for community groups, families and friends of individuals using ice, parents, teachers and students, as well as frontline service providers.
For more information about Local Drug Action Teams, visit: www.adf.org.au/ldat
For more information about Cracks in the ice, visit: www.cracksintheice.org.au