The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today announced a new Local Drug Action (LDA) Team to tackle the scourge of drugs in Knox.
Two-hundred and twenty community organisations will receive Federal funding across Australia for LDA Teams, including the Eastern Access Community Health Centre (EACH) in Knox.
EACH’s LDA Team will develop ‘Communities that Care Knox – Smart Generation Strategy’ with input from other community partners, including Knox Police, Knox City Council and Fairhills High School in Knoxfield.
The LDA Team’s focus will be working with students to educate them about the devastating impacts of taking drugs like Ice. The LDA Team will also work with teachers and parents to help them communicate with young people.
The LDA Team initiative is part of the Federal Government’s $298 million investment to combat a surge in illicit drug and alcohol use.
Mr Tudge said that the rollout of LDA Teams was a key action identified by the National Ice Taskforce to increase community engagement and reduce the harms of drugs in local communities.
“We cannot simply arrest our way out of the Ice problem – we must also work to reduce demand for the drug,” Mr Tudge said.
“The Local Drug Action Team will assist the most vulnerable in our communities to educate and minimise their risk of alcohol related harms and avoid illicit drugs.”
“This is another part of our broader plan to tackle Ice in Knox, and across Australia.”
In addition to this funding, over $5m has been approved for tackling the drug ‘Ice’ in the Eastern region through drug and alcohol rehabilitation as part of our broader national strategy to tackle the drug.
Other elements include more resources for cracking down on suppliers, the ‘Dob in a Dealer’ campaign and additional funding for local organisation Sport and Life Training (SALT) who work with sporting clubs to change attitudes so that people never take drugs in the first place.