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The Australian Government is investing $865,000 in new programs to help Aboriginal people in Ceduna and surrounding communities address alcohol and substance use.
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 use issues.
Funded projects include:
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 reducing harms associated with 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.
Source: Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs