Parents, teachers, carers and community members wanting to tackle the impact of the drug ice on the local community are encouraged to attend public forums in Numurkah, Cobram, Yarrawonga and Nathalia this month.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said an expert panel, including a past ice user, would provide information about the effects and risks of methamphetamine, the extent of the problem, along with support and treatment options.
‘‘Regional communities have a long tradition of working together to tackle big issues,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘Our ice information forums are an opportunity for us to learn more about the growing ice issue and develop a whole-of-community response.’’
Crime Statistics Victoria figures show drug crimes reported to police in Moira Shire have risen from 71 in 2012 to 161 in 2016.
‘‘This recognises the community is more vigilant in reporting incidents to police and our police are proactively working to tackle drug crime,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
The forums are funded by Community Ice Action Grants from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The forums will be held at:
●Numurkah on Monday, June 19 at Numurkah Secondary College at 6.30pm.
●Cobram on Tuesday June 20 at Cobram Civic Centre at 6.30pm.
●For more information or to register to attend a forum, phone Moira Shire Council on 5871 9222.