Funding to help sporting groups tackle illegal drugs in Dunkley

Community sport clubs in Dunkley are being encouraged to take part in a Turnbull Government program to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on Australian communities.

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Community sport clubs in Dunkley are being encouraged to take part in a Turnbull Government program to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on Australian communities.

As part of the Turnbull Government’s National Ice Action Strategy, the Good Sports program is being expanded with an additional $4.6 million in funding to include a new education module on tackling illegal drugs.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation and Mornington Junior Football League held a community forum at the Hastings Community Hub to launch the program last week.

Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, said he strongly encourages sporting groups in Dunkley to get involved.

“Sporting clubs will be provided with information, tools and support should they find or suspect that illegal drugs are in their club,” Mr Crewther said.

“Club members, management, volunteers, players and supporters will be able to participate in this hands-on forum and learn how to respond to a person suspected of using or being under the influence of drugs, as well as what to do if someone is found dealing drugs in their club.”

“Sporting clubs are at the heart of Australian communities so I want them to have practical and targeted support to deal with illegal drugs – including ice.”

Australians are proportionally using more methamphetamine, including ice, than almost any other country. Conservative estimates suggest there are more than 200,000 ice users in Australia.

“Clubs are a snapshot of the larger community and this is a great opportunity for them to promote positive behaviour when it comes to tackling illegal drugs.”

“We are committed to tackling drugs at the grass roots and beyond so our kids, families and community have the knowledge and resources to live long and happy lives free of illicit drugs,” Mr Crewther said.

This initiative is part of the Turnbull Government’s investment of $298 million over four years to stamp out illicit drug and alcohol abuse.

Sporting clubs wanting more information on where forums will take place and how to become involved in the Good Sports Program are encouraged to visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au.

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