Applications are now open for Round 3 of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program.

The Local Drug Action Team Program supports communities to work together to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug harm.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has been provided with $19.2 million to support the establishment of Local Drug Action Teams across the country.

The goal of the Local Drug Action Teams is to work collaboratively to prevent alcohol and other drug harms, with support and resources from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

LDATs are community-led; working on the ground to understand and then tailor action to the needs of their local area.

There are already 80 Local Drug Action Teams taking part in the program across Australia. Currently, teams range in size from those with three partner organisations, to some with over 20 partners.

Organisations involved in the program vary greatly, with many not having a primary focus on alcohol and other drugs. Organisations often include local councils, health centres, youth services, employment agencies, sports teams, schools, businesses and police – to name a few.

Successful applicants receive $10,000 and are supported to develop a LDAT Community Action Plan.

If this sounds like an opportunity for your organisation and you are interested in joining up with others in our community, or if you already have an existing partnership, I encourage you to submit an application.

Applications close on February 19 – to apply or find more information CLICK HERE.


The local Hunter  community is encouraged to apply for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.

The grants program announced in November this year will provide support for projects or activities in 2018 that commemorate the end of the First World War.

Expressions of interest applications are now open with submissions due by 5pm Friday 15 December 2017.

Every electorate across Australia will receive up to $50,000 for local projects that appropriately commemorate the end of the war 100 years ago.

One-off grants of between $3,000 and $50,000 are available and I encourage all those in the Hunter who want to contribute to a significant period in our nation’s history to submit an expression of interest to my office.

Members of Parliament will be required to consult their community organisations or create a new Community Consultation Committee, whose role will be to seek the community’s views on how best to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice locally. 

The Committee will also assist me in reviewing all proposals before an application is submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Expressions of interest in the grants can now be lodged HERE.

Thank you to all who submitted an application. 

What could your community group do with up to $20,000?

In the 2017 Budget, the Australian Government committed $22.5 million for a third round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SPC). This means the Hunter electorate has access to $150,000 worth of grants!

Applicants will be eligible to apply for a grant between $2,500 and $20,000 to fund a project that will benefit the local community and increase public participation. All applicants are required to match the SCP grant in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

Examples of projects that may be funded under the program include:

  • Construction and fit-out of men’s sheds;
  • Fit-out of community centres, health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings;
  • Sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out out of changes rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks; streetscapes;
  •  Bike paths; or
  •  Purchase of equipment for local SES.

If you think your organisation, or an organisation you are affiliated with, could do wonders with a grant, I encourage you to apply!

Recipients of round two include:

  • $14,832 to the Aberdeen Junior Cricket Club Inc. for the upgrade of Jefferson Park cricket pitch and practice nets.
  • $6,000 to the Bucketty and District Rural Fire Brigade for the A Place for Community project.
  • $20,000 to the Singleton Neighbourhood Centre Inc. for an upgrade to their bathroom and kitchen facilities.
  • $17,805 to the Cessnock Multipurpose Children’s Centre for the renovation of Dudley Street playground.

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be a community based non-for-profit organisation in its own right and not be owned by a state or territory government; or
  • Be a local governing body; and
  • A legal entity with a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

How do I apply?

Expression of interest forms can be filled out online or downloaded here and emailed back to Expression of interests will close at 5pm on Friday, 11 August 2017

* Please note, an expression of interest application does not guarantee being selected as an applicant.  

What next?

Following the submission of your expression of interest application, the community consultation committee will identify priority projects and invite selected applicants to complete an online application form that will be lodged with the Department for final assessment. 


STEP 1: Expressions of Interests lodged until 11 August 2017 deadline.
STEP 2: Community Consultation Committee selects successful projects to progress to application stage.
STEP 3: Selected organisations to lodge grant application by 28 September, 2017.
STEP 4: Department reviews applications and awards grants. 

If you have any questions about the Stronger Communities Grants please contact my office on 02 4991 1022 or email


The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

If successful, applicants will receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, young people must meet the following criteria:

Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship.
Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia.
Be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in:
an official state championships endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO), or
an official state school sport championship endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body, or
an official national championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, or
a national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia, or
an international competition as a member of an official Australian team, endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
Be living more than 125km from the championship venue, and travelling greater than 250km return to participate in the nominated championship.
Must complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the nominated championship commencing.
Must not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March – 28/29 February).
Must not have received $500 or more in federal government funding for the nominated championship.
Must not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money greater than $500.
Note: Saved applications must be completed and submitted prior to the championship.

Along with meeting the eligibility criteria, to receive a grant applicants must abide by the program Terms and Conditions.




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