Boost for drug, alcohol prevention

FEDERAL Government funding has boosted efforts to prevent alcohol and other drug harm at a grassroots level, with the announcement of Local Drug Action Teams for Harvey and Waroona.

Harvey’s Local Drug Action Group will head the new team in Harvey and the Waroona Shire Council will head the Waroona team.

The two teams are among 92 new teams across Australia, joining 80 that are already in operation.

Harvey Local Drug Action Group secretary Janine Quicke said she was thrilled by the funding announcement.

“We will continue doing what we’re already able to do, but this now means we will have access to funding to implement bigger projects,” Ms Quicke said.

Each team will receive an initial $10,000 and can then apply for additional funding to help deliver targeted, local projects, with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to finalise a community action plan.

“It’s a great opportunity for Harvey and the surrounding communities to have access to funding that should implement some level of harm reduction relating to drug and alcohol, particularly in youth,” Ms Quicke said.

She said the group would focus on strategies to reduce harm in young people from primary school up to 25 years, including at-risk youth.

The initial consultation process will allow the group to create a list of practical solutions to problems specific to Harvey.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino congratulated the Harvey group on receiving the initial $10,000 in funding to help develop a local action plan.

“I’m pleased that people from the Harvey Local Drug Action Group are working together to tackle the devastating impact of alcohol and drugs – including ice,” Mrs Marino said.

“Under the program, partnerships work together to empower and educate communities to prevent and reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs.

“The teams will deliver local health prevention activities, including education, mentoring and support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug-related harms.

“This is why the roll-out of our own Local Drug Action Team will be important for the strength, health and wellbeing of our community now and into the future.”

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.