March 17, 2015  |  Members Statements

Ice Action Plan

Mr HOWARD(Buninyong) — Last night I was pleased to attend a Good Sports forum on tackling ice, alcohol and other drugs in our community. This well-attended forum, which was held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, targeted Ballarat sporting clubs to discuss the value of such clubs in supporting young people to feel positive about themselves and to become part of a support group. Police superintendent Andrew Allen spoke of work that the police are doing to address ice usage across our region but emphasised that the police can only do so much and that the broader community clearly has a role to play if the challenges of ice are to be addressed. Drug and alcohol workers Peter Wearne and Peter Cranage shared their experience and advice, as did Geoff Munro of the Australian Drug Foundation, who worked through a very practical discussion about the importance of clubs going from developing appropriate policies around alcohol use to developing policies around responding to reports of drug use within their clubs.

This workshop follows on from a broader community meeting on ice usage initiated by Ballarat South Rotary and held in Wendouree on 4 March and the subsequent release of this government’s Ice Action Plan the following day. The Minister for Police and Corrections, Wade Noonan, also held a meeting in Ballarat last week with service providers to outline the Ice Action Plan. This plan, which involves an all of government, cross-sectoral approach, will provide $45.5 million to reduce the supply, demand and harm of this drug across the state. I am confident that through this committed approach we will make a difference.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.