Local Drug Action Teams are part of the Turnbull Government’s plan to tackle the scourge of ice, drugs and alcohol at a grass-roots level, delivering support to help those battling drug and alcohol addiction.

With the assistance of Federal Government Funding, Colac-Otway Schools and Community Together (Cressy) and Central Grampians Local Drug Action Team (Ararat) will be able to tackle the challenges being faced by their communities caused by ice and other drugs.

Over the next three years, 220 Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) will be established across the country. Supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation the locally focused and responsive action plans will reduce the impact of drugs, with a particular focus on the drug ice.

We know a community response to an issue like drug and alcohol misuse is one of the best ways to effectively prevent and reduce the harms caused by drugs.

The first 40 Local Drug Action Teams rolled out in April this year and delivered local drug and alcohol forums for parents and students, mentoring and professional training for at-risk young people, school-based reduction programs and promoted the role of local sporting clubs.

Interested community groups can apply for the next application round, which opens in late 2017.

Further information the Alcohol and Drug Foundation: www.adf.org.au/ldat

Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232