Uniting against Alcohol and Other Drug abuse

Young man being filmed by two other people on a beach

Through our Youth Engagement and Education program, Council has collaborated with community members to address alcohol and other drug abuse through a series of video interviews. 

The Youth Engagement and Education program aims to provide interventions and education activities to reduce the impact of volatile substance abuse and alcohol and other drug misuse within the Roper Gulf region. 

These videos are a platform for community members to share their stories, concerns and hopes for a healthier, safer, and more connected community. 

These community members have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of alcohol, drug and volatile substance abuse on individuals, families, and communities and are determined to make a difference. 

We hope that these videos help to break down the stigma, challenge misconceptions, foster empathy and inspire young people to strive for a healthier lifestyle and better connections with family, friends, and culture. 

Thank you to our project partners:

  • Saltwater Bird Productions (video producers)

  • Northern Territory Government 

  • National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

We would also like to thank the Numbulwar community for allowing this filming to be done as part of their National Reconciliation Week activities. Thank you to everyone who was interviewed for being brave, sharing your story and speaking up for what you believe in. 

The first of the completed videos were shown on the main stage at the Barunga Festival 2024 and will launch online in the coming weeks. 

The main stage at Barunga Festival
Amanda Ngalmi's story being shown at the Barunga Festival 2024 on the main stage 

If you, or someone you know, are struggling with substance abuse, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.