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Funding to Help Sporting Groups Tackle Illegal Drugs


Corangamite sporting clubs are encouraged to take part in a Federal Government program to reduce the impact of illegal drugs on Australian communities.


As part of the Federal Government’s National Ice Action Strategy, the Good Sports program is being expanded with an additional $4.6 million in funding to include a new education module on tackling illegal drugs.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation and Colac and District Football League will hold a community forum at 6.30pm on Tuesday 16 May at the Colac Football/Netball club to launch the program.

Sporting clubs will be provided with information, tools and support should they find or suspect that illegal drugs are in their club.

Club members, management, volunteers, players and supporters will be able to participate in this hands-on forum and learn how to respond to a person suspected of using or being under the influence of drugs, as well as what to do if someone is found dealing drugs in their club.

Sporting clubs are at the heart of Australian communities so I want them to have practical and targeted support to deal with illegal drugs – including ice.

Australians are proportionally using more methamphetamine, including ice, than almost any other country. Conservative estimates suggest there are more than 200,000 ice users in Australia.

Clubs are a snapshot of the larger community and this is a great opportunity for them to promote positive behaviour when it comes to tackling illegal drugs.

Sporting clubs seeking more information on how to become involved in the Good Sports Program can visit the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website at www.adf.org.au