The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council in South Australia says it is threatened with closure if it loses $700,000 in annual funding. The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has given the Council 20 days to outline why it should keep being funded, because it is running at a loss. Council director Scott Wilson says it is the only such Aboriginal body fighting substance misuse in Australia and feels that it is being betrayed by the Federal Government. "At the end of the day it's about an Aboriginal solution to Aboriginal problems and we would've thought that organisations like the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health would've actually been prepared to walk with us on that journey rather than turn around and basically threaten our very existence," he said. " I can't remember the last time we saw a project officer or anyone else from that department actually come and visit. "We were basically just left out there like a shag on a rock and when we got into a bit of problems there was no help from the agency that was set up supposedly to help around Aboriginal health and substance abuse."
ABC News Drug Council under threat