Nation-wide interest in camp

WELL DESERVED: Alcohol and Drug Foundation senior community development officer Amy Ehsman presents the award to Bega Valley CDAT chair Paul Brunton last week.
WELL DESERVED: Alcohol and Drug Foundation senior community development officer Amy Ehsman presents the award to Bega Valley CDAT chair Paul Brunton last week.

The Bega Valley Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) has been recognised for its efforts in improving the health of local teenagers. 

The team has been handed the 2016 NSW CDAT Inclusiveness Regional Award for the South East and Southern Borders, out of a field of seven competitors. 

It was awarded for the three-day Bournda Leadership Camp, which has been running since 2008, where the aim is to build resilience in Year 9 and 10 youths. 

“As a result of the award being announced there’s been a lot of interest in the camp,” Alcohol and Drug Foundation senior community development officer Amy Ehsman said. 

“It’s quite exciting that something stared 10 years ago is now influencing a lot of communities around Australia.”

Bega Valley CDAT chair Paul Brunton said it was nice to receive the recognition. 

“Certainly the value of the work we are trying to do hasn’t diminished or changed, the relevance is still there just as much as it was when CDAT started,” he said.