Community Drug Action Teams NSW

These teams (also known as CDATs) are made up of passionate and dedicated volunteers who love their local area and want the best for their community.

Since 1999, CDATs have led thousands of activities to engage at-risk youth, educate parents and the wider community through community activities and campaigns to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and drug use. The ADF supports the CDATs through the Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP) funded by NSW Health.

Get involved

It’s easy to feel helpless when we hear about all the alcohol and other drug problems facing our society. But the good news is that every community member has a real opportunity to make a difference in their local area through joining a Community Drug Action Team.

Join a team

Getting involved is easy. Whether you would like to become a CDAT member, or have the time or resources to assist with a one-off event, your CDAT needs you!

What’s happening near me?

Find out what’s happening in NSW near you by contacting your local Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), which is led by a regional Senior Community Development Officer (SCDO) who will help with your questions.

Using the map

  • the top right icon [ ] opens a full screen view of the map in a new tab
  • click a highlighted region for more information
  • the top left icon shows the CDAT list view
  • deselect a region by clicking the back arrow on the red CDAT header.

Map includes CDAT regions, LGA borders, Local Health District borders and AH&MRC member organisations.

Funding and grants

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) allocates funding to community groups in NSW through the Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP) that’s funded by the NSW Government. At the core of this program are the Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs). These volunteer-led teams operate across the state and work together to reduce alcohol and other drug harms in their local communities.

The CEAP grants program provides financial support to CDATs by helping the teams deliver projects and reimbursing them for the costs associated with CDAT operations.
Please find a list of Core and Partnership/Project grant funded activities across nearly 70 CDATs from the 2017 grant round below:

2017 ADF CEAP Grant recipients

CEAP grants program

The Core and Partnership/Project grants will open in September and October 2018.

Grants are awarded annually and you can subscribe to the CDAT Action newsletter to find out more details and to stay up to date on the grants.

Any other questions?

CDATS: Your local SCDO will be able to assist you with any enquiries.

General enquiries:

Peter Whitecross, NSW/ACT Program Implementation Coordinator

Phone (02) 8923 0011


Amanda Kelly

Amanda looks after the Central West and South West regions of NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Albury
  • Coolamon
  • Corowa
  • Forbes/Parkes
  • Griffith
  • Hilltops (Young)
  • Lachlan (Condobolin)
  • Lightning Ridge
  • Orange
  • Temora
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Walgett
  • Wellington

Phone: 0413 922 420
Based in Wagga Wagga

Amy Ehsman

Amy looks after parts of the Central West, South and South East NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Bega Valley
  • Goulburn
  • Nowra
  • Queanbeyan
  • Shellharbour/Kiama
  • Snowy Monaro / Jindabyne
  • Ulladulla
  • Wollongong

Phone: 0481 311 001

Based in Canberra

Denni Scott-Davis

Denni looks after the Mid North Coast and North Coast along with parts of the New England and North West regions of NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Bellingen Shire
  • Bowraville
  • Byron Bay
  • Casino / Richmond Valley
  • Clarence Valley / Grafton
  • Garlambirla Youth (Coffs Harbour)
  • Inverell
  • Kempsey / Macleay Valley
  • Kyogle
  • Moree
  • Nambucca Heads
  • Nimbin
  • Port Macquarie / Hastings
  • Tweed
  • Valla

Phone: 0498 880 355

Based in Scots Head (Mid-North Coast)

Ellen Panaretos

Ellen looks after parts of the Northern Tablelands region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Hunter Multicultural

Phone: 02 8923 0013 (Office) or 0400 035 494

Based in North Sydney

Gail Easton

Gail looks after the Hunter region, as well as parts of the Mid North Coast, New England, North West and Northern Tablelands regions of NSW, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Armidale
  • Cessnock
  • Glen Innes
  • Gloucester
  • Greater Manning & Myall Lakes
  • Gunnedah
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland / Dungog
  • Muswellbrook
  • Narrabri
  • Port Stephens
  • Singleton
  • Tamworth
  • Tenterfield

Phone: 0478 069 912

Based in Newcastle

Leanne Fuelling

Leanne looks after parts of the Central Coast and Sydney North regions, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Callaghan
  • Kariong / Peninsula
  • Northern Beaches
  • North Shore
  • North Wyong
  • Ourimbah
  • Southlake

Phone: 02 8923 0002 (Office) or 0402 027 601

Based in North Sydney

Peter Whitecross

Peter looks after the Greater Sydney region, including the Nepean Blue Mountains and excluding North Sydney. His region includes the following CDATs:

  • Bankstown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury
  • Fairfield
  • Liverpool
  • Marrickville
  • Parramatta
  • Randwick
  • Redfern/Waterloo
  • St George
  • Surry Hills

Phone: 02 8923 0006 (Office) or 0425 322 223

Based in Sydney

Sylvia Tiet

Sylvia looks after parts of the Central Coast and North Sydney region, which includes the following CDATs:

  • Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai
  • Kariong/Peninsula
  • Kincumber
  • Northern Gosford CDAT

Phone: 02 8923 0000

Based in North Sydney