Fleurieu to share in $20m drug and alcohol treatment funding

22 Nov 2018

The Fleurieu Peninsula region will share in a $20 million Australian Government boost to drug and alcohol treatment services.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said the funding would be available over three years and provided in grants of up to $2.5 million in each identified area of need in regional South Australia.

“This funding will make a huge difference in a region like the Fleurieu where services have been limited,” Ms Downer said.

“Alcohol and drug misuse impacts not just the individuals involved, but the people and communities around them. Drug and alcohol treatment services are crucial to enable people with substance problems to get their lives back on track.

“This funding will target areas of South Australia that need it most and ensure people struggling with alcohol and drug misuse can receive the right treatment in the right place at the right time.”

Ms Downer welcomed the Morrison Government’s commitment, an important part of her three-stage plan to address mental health issues on the South Coast.

“This is the second stage of the plan I’ve been working on with the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt,” she said. “The first is already underway, providing additional psychological services on the Fleurieu Peninsula, on Kangaroo Island and in the Adelaide Hills for treating conditions like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. The third stage is to provide additional Headspace services on the South Coast.

“The Morrison Government has committed more than $720 million over four years to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on individuals, families and communities.

Applications for the drug and alcohol treatments grants open today and close on 20 December. I encourage drug and alcohol services on the Fleurieu Peninsula to apply by visiting the grants website.