Federation CDAT host inaugural meeting

Published on 19 November 2020


The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has announced an additional Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) for New South Wales, to prevent and reduce harms caused by alcohol and other drugs at a grassroots level.

Community Drug Action Teams are groups of passionate volunteers leading local initiatives to build healthier and more resilient communities.

Federation CDAT joins more than 70 Community Drug Action Teams across NSW and will plan and deliver initiatives to reduce and prevent alcohol and other drug-related harms within the Federation Council region.

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said  the Community Drug Action Team is set to focus on establishing an action plan that aims to address high priority issues within our local area with a coordinated approach.

“The Federation CDAT has attracted membership from across a range of areas including police, ambulance, health and counselling services, local community and Council,” he said.

“Together we want the best for our community and are committed to reducing and preventing the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.”

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which manage the NSW Government funded Community Drug Action Teams, is committed to working closely with CDATs to ensure their activities are evidence based and that they are equipped with relevant resources to lead community projects.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Community Drug Action Team to strengthen its community,” said the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s NSW/ACT State Manager Dr Lisa Simone.

“Community Drug Action Teams help make grassroots changes in their own neighbourhoods, which promote healthy lifestyles and prevent and reduce harms caused by alcohol and other drugs,” Dr Simone added.

The NSW Government’s Community Engagement Action Program is administered by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. The program oversees the coordination and operation of Community Drug Action Teams, which have been helping to strengthen their own communities across the state for nearly 20 years.

Find out more information about Community Drug Action Teams.

Image: Alcohol and Drug Foundation Senior Community Development Officer Tony McGuire and Corowa Police Sergeant Gary Lewis pictured at the inaugural Federation CDAT meeting held recently.  

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