New funding for Manjimup’s drug team
FEDERAL Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is pleased to announce that the Southern Forests Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Committee (SFAODAC) have received a grant of $10,000 to help combat drug-related issues in the community.
The funding has been made available through the Australian Government’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which has been designed to help communities identify, respond and prevent alcohol and other drug-related harm.
The SFAODAC which is led by the Shire of Manjimup, will use the grant to develop a community action plan, after which, they will be eligible to apply for further funding to help deliver targeted projects with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.
Mr Wilson said the Manjimup-based LDAT was one of 92 new teams being wheeled-out around Australia.
“This great initiative from the Minister for Rural Health Bridget McKenzie is evidence that the government is using its resources to help communities deal effectively with the negative impact drugs are having on our communities,” Mr Wilson said.
“The funding will empower the Manjimup team by giving them the opportunity to spend quality time with key community members, enabling them to gain a clearer insight into the root causes of drug abuse and develop strategies to combat individual cases,” he said.
Shire of Manjimup community development officer Sharon Wilkinson said the funding will enable SFAODAC to improve the quality of its service to the community.
“Like many towns, Manjimup has a small group of cohorts who are very visible in their use of ICE,” Ms Wilkinson said.
“In the past we’ve relied on small grants from organisations such as Healthways to carry out our work.
“However, this substantial federal government funding will enable the Local Drug Action Team and its partner groups to put their best efforts into creating a suitable plan and achieve a clearer vision on how to effectively manage drug issues in and around Manjimup.”
Further information on LDATs is available at www.adf.org.au/ldat.