The 2016 CDAT Awards


While we appreciate all of the amazing work that CDATs do, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate and recognise some of the most outstanding projects that have been implemented by CDATs in New South Wales.

A big congratulations to all nominees and award winners!


2016 NSW CDAT Inclusiveness Regional Award

Inner Western Sydney & Nepean Blue Mountains

  • Nominations: Canterbury and Fairfield CDATs
  • Winner: Canterbury CDAT

Identifying a need for more local events for young people, the Canterbury CDAT worked with local youth organisations to create a series of movie nights which were inclusive to all members of the community.

Hunter New England

  • Nominations: Muswellbrook and Narrabri CDATs
  • Winner: Muswellbrook CDAT

This project was created to complement the Stop the Supply campaign established by the Northern Beaches CDAT which brings together networks across 20 CDATs in the Hunter New England region. The nomination had a clearly identified process and engaged different stakeholders over a long period of time well.

Western NSW

    • Nominations: Lachlan and Griffith CDATs
    • Winner: Griffith CDAT

Working in partnership with Corrective Services and the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service, the Griffith CDAT helped to establish the Griffith Drug and Information and Family Support Group. The group works to support families, friends and carers of a drug dependent person to reduce stigmatisation and address the broader impact of alcohol and drug use on families.

North Coast & Mid North Coast NSW

    • Nominations: Gumbaynggirr, Port Macquarie Hastings and Valla Beach CDATs
    • Winner: Gumbaynggirr CDAT

Gumbaynggirr CDAT eveloped a program to support local aboriginal communities, which involved conducting a forum on the impact of Methamphetamine. Over 130 local community members attended, with 107 local services represented.

North Sydney & Central Coast

      • Nominations: Kincumber, Hunter Multicultural and Ourimbah CDATs
      • Winner: Hunter Multicultural CDAT

The Confident Communities Toolkit project was established to identify the issues for the African communities in Newcastle and the Hunter region in relation to alcohol and other drug use. The project was well executed, with the consultation process being directed not just at the regular community spokespeople; a key focus was the engagement of a broad range of representatives from 6 African countries.

South East & Southern Borders

      • Nominations: Albury, Bega Valley, Queanbeyan, Snowy, Monaro, Ulladalla and Young CDATs
      • Winner: Bega Valley CDAT

Bega CDAT initiated the Bournda Leadership Camp in 2008. The camp supports local year 10 students to develop leadership skills and become alcohol and drug education ambassadors for their community.

2016 NSW CDAT Inclusiveness State Award

  • Winner: Griffith CDAT

The Griffith Drug and Information and Family Support Group engages with community members often experiencing isolation or stigma through their use of alcohol or drugs. It addresses the broader impact of AOD use on families, friends and carers.

2016 NSW CDAT Influence State Award

      • Nominations: BUDDI, Gumbaynggirr, Hastings, Northern Beaches, North Wyong, Queanbeyan CDATs
      • Honorable mention: Northern Beaches CDAT

Awarded for their development of the Stop the Supply program which was evidence-based and included the production of a range of print and digital resources. The CDAT provides ongoing commitment through the administration of other CDATs that wish to adopt the program.

      • Winner: BUDDI CDAT

The project has had an impact at local, regional and state level. Led by inspirational Chair Nicqui Yazdi who has been recognised for her work and was named Byron citizen of the year in 2010. The CDAT has worked with key stakeholders in the community to build strong partnerships that support and reduce harm from alcohol and other drugs for young people from the region, and the tens of thousands of schoolies who descend on Byron Bay each year.