South Burnett Regional Councillor Danita Potter is the chairperson of the South Burnett Local Drug Action Team.
South Burnett Regional Councillor Danita Potter is the chairperson of the South Burnett Local Drug Action Team. Christian Berechree

South Burnett Drug Action Team targets community issues

THE newly formed South Burnett Local Drug Action Team has identified its first issue to focus on in the community.

South Burnett Regional Councillor Danita Potter said the team would focus on the under-five age bracket first.

The council was successful in obtaining $10,000 from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for the development of an action plan to help prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.

Ms Potter, the team's chairperson, met with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation representative to discuss the issues in the community relating to alcohol and other drugs, utilising the Alcohol and Other Drug Lifecycle Planner.

The team identified a target age of under five-year-olds at risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Their main influences are parents and risk factors to the children is family disruption, parental alcohol or drug use.

The team has identified activities to focus on such as positive parenting, alcohol and pregnancy, strong and connected communities, and community participation in liquor licensing.

"Over the coming months the Local Drug Action Team will work with local service providers and organisations to develop the action plan,” Cr Potter said.

It is anticipated the action plan will be finalised by June this year as per the funding agreement.