Drug rehabilitation services across Gippsland will receive $2.87 million to combat the devastating impact of ice if the Coalition is re-elected.
To address the ‘scourge of ice’ in local communities, the Coalition aims to provide local rehabilitation services with greater funding to help addicts wean themselves off the drug, exit the drug market and reduce ‘addict-based’ crime.
Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Liberal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent welcome the proposed funding included in the 2016/17 Budget.
“Ice is ruining lives, devastating families and does not discriminate”, Mr Chester said.
“Many of us personally know families in our community who are dealing with the fallout of this insidious drug and many are concerned about a lack of available treatment and rehab services”
“This money will provide much-needed services to people in our region that are grappling with ice addiction and substance misuse.”
According to Member for McMillian, Russell Broadbent, the Federal Coalition Government’s funding forms part of their response to the National Ice Taskforce report.
“The funding for local services is part of the Coalition Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce report, which was handed down in December last year,” Mr Broadbent said.
Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash believes the police are doing a great job in dealing with drug related crime.
Ms Nash argues the proposed funding from the Coalition will help destroy the business of drug dealers and thereby end user demand.
“Police everywhere are doing a great job and making record numbers of busts,” Ms Nash said.
“However, if we want to break the drug dealer’s business model, we have to end the demand for their terrible product and this funding will help to do just that.”
In addition to funding for rehabilitation services, local volunteer groups will soon be able to access grants from the Federal Government to deliver local education and prevention programmes across the community.
The Coalition will also provide support to more than 1,200 community sporting clubs to deliver ice prevention messages with a focus on regional Australia, as part of a comprehensive $300 million plan.