Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent has announced $40,000 in funding for a Local Drug Action Team to educate young people on the appropriate use of alcohol.

“The project will be implemented by Cardinia Shire Council, using aspects of the Communities that Care (CTC) early intervention approach to improve young people’s health and well-being,” Mr Broadbent said.

“The project specifically targets secondary school students and their parents to promote messages about the national alcohol guidelines for adolescents, secondary supply legislation, and the importance of having a conversation and setting rules around alcohol use.

“We all know the devastation that can be caused by illicit substances like Ice, but alcohol still stands as one of the most destructive substances available. Far from a safe option, it is often a major player in road accidents, violence and addiction.”

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen welcomed the funding and support.

“Council is grateful to the Federal Government for supporting the initiative with this funding and we are looking forward to seeing the delivery of this program through the local secondary schools,” Cr Brett Owen said.

“Being a parent is an important role and parents need all the support they can get. This program will provide parents and young people a way to learn about the significant impacts of alcohol abuse, as well as show them how to set rules around appropriate and responsible consumption of alcohol, and open lines of communication on such topics.”

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 alcohol and 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.

“The Turnbull Government is providing $19.2 million funding to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for the LDAT program,” Mr Broadbent said.

“These teams 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.”

This initiative is part of the Turnbull Government’s investment of $298 million investment over four years to combat illicit drug and alcohol use.

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