SCOURGE: A Drug Action Team has been set up to tackle drugs in the South Burnett.
SCOURGE: A Drug Action Team has been set up to tackle drugs in the South Burnett. Contributed

Team launches in South Burnett to tackle drug problem

A LOCAL drug action team will be launched in the South Burnett to help prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug-related harm in the community.

The Australian Government and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation announced the team yesterday.

The South Burnett team will bring the total number of local drug action teams across Queensland to 44, and 244 teams nationally.

The local drug action team program supports organisations to build or extend partnerships in their neighbourhoods.

They will use local knowledge to deliver evidence-informed alcohol and other drug harm prevention activities that are tailored to individual community needs.

South Burnett local drug action team is a partnership between South Burnett Regional Council, the Department of Education, Queensland Police Service, South Burnett CTC Inc and Lives Lived Well.

The South Burnett team will be based in Kingaroy and is planning on delivering services in Blackbutt, Nanango, Kingaroy, Wondai and Murgon.

The team will focus on preventing and minimising harm caused by alcohol and other drugs including crystal methamphetamine (ice) among young people.

The next steps for the South Burnett LDAT is to work together with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop a Community Action Plan.

This will confirm its evidence-based harm prevention activities, who they will reach and exactly where they will be delivered.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said a high number of community partnerships applied to join the Local Drug Action Team program.

"Strong demand from communities across Australia has meant the number of Local Drug Action Teams is higher than originally planned, giving us the opportunity to now work with 244 passionate community partnerships," he said.

More than 1300 organisations are now part of Australia's extensive Local Drug Action Team Program network.

"This shows how determined community organisations are about building healthier and more connected communities," Dr Lalor said.

Local Drug Action Teams receive an initial $10,000 to develop Community Action Plans and can apply for further funding to deliver activities within their Community Action Plan.

The teams also help strengthen their neighbourhoods by delivering primary prevention initiatives such as peer support, mentoring, education in schools, support for young people and resources to reduce alcohol harms in pregnancy.

Dr Lalor said these tailored community initiatives are vital in preventing and minimising harms caused by alcohol and other drugs.

"The Local Drug Action Team Program recognises that every community is unique and there's no one-size fits all solution to addressing alcohol and other drug issues," he said.

The Local Drug Action Team Program is part of the Australian Government's investment of $298 million over four years under the National Ice Action Strategy.