Local organisations are urged to apply for funding to put more Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) on the ground to tackle ice and other drug issues in our communities.

Round four of the LDAT program has now opened and interested community organisations have until the 7 December 2018 to get their funding applications in.

Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent said today that through local partnerships, LDATs provide evidence-based prevention activities to minimise alcohol and other drug related harms in their communities.

“The Liberal National government is committed to keeping Australian families and communities safe and through the proactive work of LDATs, we are taking a preventative approach to tackling drug issues.

“So far we have seen 172 LDATs funded across Australia and these teams directly tackle the devastating impact alcohol and drugs – including ice – have on their communities.

“We have had some excellent examples of the work these groups are doing to prevent drug use and improve health outcomes for young people,” Mr Broadbent said.

The teams are supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which help the LDATs develop and implement primary prevention activities in the community.

“This is all about community partnerships working together on a plan of action to prevent, minimise and stamp out the misuse of drugs and alcohol in their town.

“Partnerships can include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations and ordinary community members.

“If you want to make a difference in your community, I encourage you to build local partnership and apply for the program,” Mr Broadbent said.

More information about LDATs and the application process can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website https://community.adf.org.au/implement