Project to target drugs and grog
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.