Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP says the Federal Government’s new action plan to tackle ice will deliver a $4.6 million funding increase over four years to assist local sports clubs to communicate a message about Ice.
“This is just one of many funding announcements as part of the Federal Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce Final Report and National Ice Action Strategy,” Mr Wilson said.
The Good Sports programme, which already promotes responsible consumption of alcohol in 7,000 sporting clubs, will receive an extra $4.6 million over four years to take the message about ice to those clubs.
“Locally, Good Sports has accredited sports clubs in Albany, Esperance, Denmark, Mount Barker, Manjimup Bridgetown, Pemberton, Jerramungup, Northam, West Arthur and Wickepin,” Mr Wilson said.
“Those clubs will be places where the message about ice will now be delivered.”
Mr Wilson said the National Ice Taskforce report has provided a clear direction for both the Government’s response and the National Ice Action Strategy. He said communities across Australia that are suffering the impact of ice and other drugs will be provided with a range of tools and resources to tackle the problem locally,”
“The Government will invest almost $300 million over four years to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention, support and community engagement. The package includes $24.9 million to help families and communities by providing the resources, information and support they need to respond to ice,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said as part of the community and family response, the Coalition Government would invest $19.2 million into up to 220 local community drug action teams. This includes community drug action teams in O’Connor.
“It is important that local communities are given the opportunity to develop their own response, because local leaders have the knowledge and experience to target action to where it will be most effective.
“Extending the Good Sports Programme to educate about ice will help convince young people not to try the drug through learning about it from peers in an environment they trust.