Program helps target alcohol, drug problems

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

A group taking action against drugs in Bunbury has been given a financial boost thanks to the Federal Government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Bunbury Geographe Aboriginal Local Drug Action Team will receive $30,000 to further support its community led action plans which aim to prevent harm from alcohol and other drugs.

The team’s action plan focuses around strengthening alcohol and other drug protective factors through sporting activities, art workshops, cultural excursions with community elders, plus education and training opportunities.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation WA manager Greg Williams said the Bunbury team would play a key role in preventing harm from alcohol and other drugs in the region.

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“The additional funding gives further support to the Bunbury Geographe Aboriginal Local Drug Action Team to deliver alcohol and other drug harm prevention projects tailored to the needs of the community,” Mr Williams said.

“Developing and delivering local solutions is vital in addressing harms from alcohol and other drugs, including crystal methamphetamine.”

The Local Drug Action Team program is part of the Government’s investment of $298 million over four years to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms.

The program builds the capacity of communities to create or strengthen partnerships and work together to produce astute approaches to alcohol and other drug-related issues.

Groups wanting to start similar partnerships with the Government and foundation are encouraged to apply in January.

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