The Peninsula is the first in the country to receive a federally-funded Local Drug Action Team (LDAT), with local Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, and Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, today announcing this initiative at Frankston Hospital, along with Peninsula Health CEO Sue Williams, LDAT members and other community representatives.
Mr Crewther said, “This announcement forms part of the Turnbull Coalition Government’s $298 million plan to deliver targeted local action to tackle drug and alcohol use, in particular focussing on Ice, with the Peninsula being the first of 40 of 220 LDATs announced nationally to tackle community challenges caused by these issues”.
“As part of this announcement, the local LDAT based in Dunkley was successful in receiving an initial $40,000 grant to engage with 95 Peninsula sporting groups to prevent drug use. LDATs will have exclusive access to future grants under this programme”.
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 drugs.
The LDATs will be 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.
Mr Crewther said that he was pleased to work with RAD-FMP, Peninsula Health and other local members of the AOD Alliance to become the nominated LDAT for the area, utilising established local knowledge, effort and expertise.
“These groups are well placed within the community to effectively operate together to tackle issues relating to alcohol and other drugs, including Ice, and to work to provide solutions for the benefit of the community.”
“This united approach follows my election commitment to establish a Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Ice and Drug Action Taskforce, working collaboratively with our local community to tackle substance abuse in our local area.”
Health Minister Hunt revealed that significant investments have already been made in policing our borders and our streets to combat the supply of Ice. The AFP has seized over 12 tonnes of methamphetamine since January 2013.
“But we cannot simply arrest our way out of the Ice problem – we must also work to reduce the demand for this drug,” Minister Hunt said.
The roll out of LDATs was a key action under the National Ice Action Strategy in response to the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce, to increase community engagement and action to reduce the harms of drugs.
For more information on the LDATs and the Coalition Government’s plan to tackle drug and Ice use, please see Minister Hunt’s and Mr Crewther full joint media release here: