Nash thanks Wodonga and surrounding communities for input on ice

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has thanked Wodonga, Albury and surrounding communities for their input on issues around use of the drug ice.

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has thanked Wodonga, Albury and surrounding communities for their input on issues around use of the drug ice.

Speaking outside the Huon Hill Hotel in Wodonga following her consultation with local government, local drug and alcohol workers, youth, police, mental health and community support services and Victorian Senator Bridgette McKenzie, Minister Nash said invaluable information had been gathered to submit to the National Ice Taskforce.

“The Prime Minister recently announced a National Ice Taskforce would undertake a stocktake to report to Government what was working and what wasn’t, and inform the development of a National Ice Action Strategy. The Taskforce is doing a consultation in each state, and the Minister for Justice and I are doing consultations to feed into the Taskforce process.

“As well as hearing about the impacts of ice on families, individuals and the local community today, we’ve gotten honest feedback about what works and what doesn’t.

“I’m not surprised we received an excellent amount of feedback from this community, knowing it had been active in informing the Victorian Law Enforcement Committee’s Inquiry into Ice in February 2014.

“Whilst funding for many services in the drug and alcohol space falls to the states, the federal government invests in local services Gateway Health, Headspace and Odyssey House.

“We know that ice dealers are targeting rural and regional areas, a suspicion confirmed in the recent Australian Crime Commission report.

“At a national level, although we’re intercepting more ice shipments and making more raids than ever before, police keep telling us we cannot arrest our way out of this problem.

“We need a National Strategy to look at education and rehabilitation as well. The government has recently launched a series of advertisements warning of the dangers of ice, on television and online to get to the important youth demographic.

Members of the community to make submissions to National Ice Taskforce via links at australia.gov.au/drugs

Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122 les.white@health.gov.au

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