Northern Territory

$280K grants to fight youth substance abuse

The Territory Government is building safer communities with $280K in youth diversion and substance abuse projects.

The Member for Brennan Tony Sievers said Territorians want and deserve to live in safe and vibrant communities and investing in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Grants (AOD Grants) helps to achieve that.

“These AOD Grants reduce the impact of substance abuse on young people and the community by creating pathways for Territory children,” he said.

Member for Brennan Tony Sievers said to achieve long term change in the Territory we have to invest in young people.

“These are targeted grants that will provide funding for programs across the Territory and my community of Palmerston is one of those that will benefit,” he said.

“More than $16K has been approved for a specialist arts project in Palmerston that will deliver a mural reflecting the theme of community safety.

“The Palmerston project will be delivered by Neighbourhood Watch in collaboration with local artist David Collins.”

Artist David Collins has his work exhibited on the sides of many Darwin City buildings and Member for Brennan Tony Sievers said similar works would be a welcome addition to the Palmerston streetscape.

Neighbourhood Watch Manager Hannah Finbow said the AOD grant was critical to the projects success.

“As a not for profit organisation we rely on grants like these to do the work needed in the community,” she said.

“This project is designed to involve children in their community in a positive way.

“We’ll work with Territory Families and several NGO’s to populate and run the program.

“The idea is to have the young people involved in every stage of this project including community consultations, workshopping the theme of community safety, selecting a site and designing and completing the artwork.”

The AOD Grants of up to $20K were made available for Northern Territory based incorporated organisations and community groups for individual projects and activities aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance misuse in the Territory.

All successful applicants demonstrated how their projects correlate to the National Drug Strategy, National Ice Action Plan and/or the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy 2014-2019.

The grants are advertised annually with the next round expected to open in 2018.

Source: NT Government