Report on the Hotham Community Ice ForumPosted 29th September 2015 by Clare O'Neil in Articles, News | 0 Comment
Recently I released a report on ice use in south east Melbourne, and wrote to the Chair of the National Ice Taskforce, Mr Ken Lay APM.
After consulting with the local community, it was important for the National Ice Taskforce to gain a greater understanding of the impact of ice in Melbourne’s south east.
A community forum held in July heard from members of the community affected by ice and a panel of experts, including Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius. Ice use in metropolitan Melbourne is a significant problem, and this was acknowledged by members of the panel.
Our local community is feeling the effects of ice. In 2014, an ice-affected driver killed three pedestrians in Oakleigh. More recently, significant ice drug busts raided homes in Bentleigh East and Springvale and surrounding suburbs in Hotham. Ice use is a national problem, and many community members shared stories of how their lives have been affected by this drug.
The submission to the National Ice Taskforce makes four key findings:
- The need for more rehabilitation resources
- The need for greater support for families affected by ice
- The need to better protect our emergency services workers
- Recognising ice as part of a broader problem of drug use in Australia
As the Member for Hotham, I will continue to work closely with emergency services in my community to help address the scourge of ice. Local, state and federal government must work together to ensure that the best outcomes for victims, families and community are realised.
I look forward to participating in an ongoing national conversation about ice, and ensuring that the voice of the people I represent in Hotham continues to be heard.
You can view my report here.
My letter to Chair of the National Ice Taskforce, Mr Ken Lay APM.