Martin Foley announced a grant of $10,000 on Monday. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

Thorne Harbour Health received a $10,000 grant on Monday to facilitate four alcohol and drug free events during the upcoming Bendigo Queer Film Festival.

“This small grant will help make sure that this festival is part of a very successful message about health and wellbeing,” Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley said.

“What we do know is that our LGBTI community is disproportionally represented when it comes to alcohol and drug misuse,” he said.

The Bendigo Queer Film Festival will run as part of the first ever Bendigo Pride Festival, which begins on March 29.

Thorne Harbour Health was formed in 1983 to support the health needs of the LGBTI  community to ensure all individuals are treated with dignity.

Director of Services at Thorne Harbour Health Caroline Gillespie said she was delighted to receive this grant.

“It allows us to provide a space for greater inclusion for our LGBTI people to have some conversations about harm reduction and reducing alcohol and other drug use,” Ms Gillespie said.

This grant is part of the state government’s Ice Action Plan, which has awarded 52 community grants totalling more than $500,000 in the past four years.

– NICHOLAS NAKOS