Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Tackling alcohol and substance abuse in Ceduna

The Australian Government is investing $865,000 in new programs to help Aboriginal people in Ceduna and surrounding communities tackle alcohol and substance abuse.

The funding, which is part of the Government’s $4.3 million Breaking the Cycle initiative, will deliver practical projects to support people who are at risk of developing alcohol and substance abuse issues.

Alcohol abuse is devastating the lives of too many Aboriginal people and their families. Addressing these issues in places like Ceduna requires a comprehensive approach to reduce harm, deal with supply and work with the community to find local solutions.

Funded projects include:

  • $190,000 to the South Australian National Football League to run its Active Communities Program;
  • $150,000 to Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation to employ a Youth Coordinator;
  • $100,000 to the Koonibba Aboriginal Community Corporation for its Healthy Living Hub and the employment of a Community Engagement Officer;
  • $160,000 to The Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie Inc to improve service coordination, particularly for rough sleepers; and
  • $140,000 to Ninti One Limited for a local community awareness and education campaign.

The Government is also providing $125,000 to Ninti One to work with Ceduna and neighbouring communities on options to strengthen personal and community responsibility in tackling alcohol abuse. Ninti One will consult with the West Coast Alcohol and Substance Misuse Action Group and other community groups on suitable options for the region, including whether income management would be a useful tool.

Breaking the Cycle projects are designed to divert young people away from alcohol and drug use and help them re-engage with school or training, employment, their community and culture.

Previous projects funded under this initiative are having a positive impact, including night patrols in the Yalata community, transport service across the region and the refurbishments of the sobering up facility in Ceduna.

The Australian Government is committed to working closely with the South Australian Government and communities to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and substance misuse.

Tackling alcohol and drug abuse is critical to building safer, stronger communities and is a key part of the Government’s efforts to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.