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The Federal Government is delivering on our strategy to tackle the scourge of ice in our communities, with a Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) being established in Lithgow.

Under the program, partnerships work together to empower and educate communities to prevent and reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs in their community.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has congratulated Lithgow Community Projects Inc. which will receive an initial $10,000 in funding to help develop a local Community Action Plan. They can then apply for additional funding to help deliver targeted, local projects, with support from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

“I’m pleased that people from Lithgow are working together to tackle the devastating impact of alcohol and drugs — including ice,” Mr Gee said. “The team will deliver local health prevention activities, including education, mentoring and support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms.”

“This is why the roll-out of our own Local Drug Action Team will be important for the strength, health and well-being of our community now, and into the future.”

Minister for Rural Health, Bridget McKenzie said the Coalition is investing $298 million over four years to combat drug and alcohol misuse across Australia under the National Ice Action Strategy.

“Regional communities are often the hardest hit when it comes to ice abuse and addiction,” Minister McKenzie said.

“I want to congratulate all successful LDATs, it is important that we provide communities with the right tools, resources and support to drive change at a local level” Minister McKenzie said.

More information about LDATs can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website