Collie Local Drug Action Group seeking to assist community in 2017

New goals: Collie Local Drug Action Group coordinator Deanne Fleay has outlined the group's plans for 2017. Photo: Thomas Munday.
New goals: Collie Local Drug Action Group coordinator Deanne Fleay has outlined the group's plans for 2017. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The Collie Local Drug Action Group has planned to raise further awareness on drug and alcohol issues in the community in 2017. 

CLDAG coordinator Deanne Fleay said the group will work towards supplying information on alcohol dangers caused during pregnancy and supplying alcohol to people under 18 without parent permission.

She has also planned to work with local sporting clubs to discuss ways of reducing harm from alcohol in sporting clubs and working alongside the Mental Health Commission.

In 2016, the Collie Local Drug Action Group talked to the community about standard drinks, provided information on the alcohol and drug service help line through the Mental Health Commission and held an information stand at the Collie Show. 

Ms Fleay said the community was vital in sharing information about drug and alcohol issues. 

“I think people can gain information because information is power so the more you know that means the more you can talk to young people, you can talk to your friends, you can talk to other community members about what you know and that’s sharing information,” she said. 

The group provided information about the fetal alcohol spectrum in doctor’s surgeries around Collie.  

They also applied for funding to use Collie Community Radio for a media campaign around the festive season. 

The campaign discussed reducing risk from alcohol, based on three specific messages; no alcohol under 18, no more than four standard drinks in any social occasion and awareness of the dangers of drinking around water. 

Ms Fleay said she believed the campaign gave citizens the right understanding of the dangers of excessive drinking. 

The group has planned to discuss the success of the campaign with the radio station as well as surveying the community. 

Information can be found on the Collie Local Drug Action Group’s Facebook page.