Project to tar­get drugs and grog

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A tar­geted pro­gram to com­bat drug and al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence and health is­sues in and around Tom Price has been launched.

The al­co­hol and other drugs man­age­ment plan will tar­get the avail­abil­ity of al­co­hol, use of cannabis — in­clud­ing syn­thetic va­ri­eties — the cul­ture of al­co­hol use and al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia New­man and Tom Price pro­gram man­ager An­ton Ten Brinke said a range of ser­vices would work to­gether to im­ple­ment strate­gies to re­duce harm in Tom Price, Parabur­doo, Wakathuni, Bellary Springs and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“The goal of the plan is to bring peo­ple to­gether to work on achiev­ing the prevention of al­co­hol and drug-re­lated harm to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“As a group, we can look at ap­ply­ing for fund­ing to achieve some of the goals out­lined in the plan, but this will be an on­go­ing process of col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“Ev­ery ac­tion has a lead agency at­tached to it and has sup­port­ing agen­cies that will have a sup­port­ing role in the ac­tion.”

Mr Ten Brinke said part­ners in the pro­gram in­cluded Gu­mala Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, the Shire of Ash­bur­ton, Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion, Nin­tirri Cen­tre, the po­lice, Bap­tist Church and youth sup­port as­so­ci­a­tion.

Gu­mala health man­ager Me­lanie Mor­ley said she hoped the plan would see more ser­vices be­ing bought out to the Wakathuni, Bellary Springs and Youn­galeena com­mu­ni­ties.

“There are a lot of al­co­hol and drug prob­lems in Tom Price, par­tic­u­larly with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the area, so this is a good way for us to get the ser­vice out there,” she said.

“We want to bring the ser­vice to our mem­bers as best we can; bring that ex­per­tise into our com­mu­ni­ties.

Work­ing with the com­mu­ni­ties is all about build­ing rap­port with lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers, which I think Mis­sion Aus­tralia has done.”

Ms Mor­ley said more in­dige­nous health work­ers in the re­gion would be ben­e­fi­cial to the pro­gram’s goals down the line.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the Shire sup­ported ini­tia­tives that main­tained or im­proved high lev­els of well­be­ing in com­mu­ni­ties.

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