Drug action team for Tasmania


Communities throughout regional Tasmania are uniting to tackle the scourge of ice, drugs and alcohol at a grass-roots level.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Parry said that Devonport Youth Network is among 40 Local Drug Action Teams announced nationally today.
Part of Youth Family and Community Connections, Devonport Youth Network will receive an initial $10,000 in funding to deliver support services throughout north-west Tasmania.
“This committed group is working to tackle the challenges being faced by ice and other drugs in the community,” Senator Parry said.
“The network will be working with Devonport Council, Don College and Community Houses with the focus on engaging with young people to build resilience and prevent drug harm.
“As a former police officer, I am proud to be part of delivering the Federal Government’s National Ice Action Strategy.”
Across Australia, more than 300 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 drugs.
Throughout the next three years, 220 Local Drug Action Teams will be established across the country and supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop locally-focused responsive plans to reduce the impact of drugs, with a particular focus on ice.
Senator Parry said that the Australian Government is providing $19.2 million for the programme.  Support teams will deliver local health promotion, community-led education and mentoring, early intervention and prevention programmes and support for vulnerable people.
“We know a community response to an issue like drug and alcohol misuse is one of the best ways to effectively prevent and reduce harm,” Senator Parry said.
“Interested community groups can apply for the next application round, which opens later this year.”
More details on the programme can be found at adf.org.au/ldat

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