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23 February, 2021

Dawson MP makes call for new Local Drug Action Teams in Mackay

COMMUNITIES can face many different issues that can affect the quality of life for individuals.

By Andrew Sorensen

But these ongoing issues that were proven to be detrimental was the usage of drugs such as ice, along with alcohol and other drug abuse.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said applications were now open for registration of new Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs).

These teams are designed to prevent and minimise harm from ice, alcohol and other drugs.

Community Organisations in Mackay were invited to form a partnership to tackle drugs and alcohol, with funding from the Morrison Liberal National Government.

“Alcohol and other drugs, including ice or crystal methamphetamine, are issues for communities, not just for individuals,” Mr Christensen said.

“Community action is effective because many of the factors influencing drug-related harm can only be targeted at the community level, like social connections, education and a sense of belonging.”

This recruitment round aims to approve 40 new LDATs, which can apply for $10,000 in initial funding to support prevention and health promotion activities, with further funding available.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said the program was an important prevention initiative, targeting a broad range of alcohol and drug-related issues that are relevant in their communities.

“There are currently 238 local teams doing great work in all states and territories, who in partnership with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation are developing Community Action Plans to target their local needs," Mr Hunt said.

“The LDAT program has received more than $29 million since it began in 2016 and our Government has already committed more than $800 million over four years to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on individuals, families and communities.”

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