NATHALIA parents, teachers, carers and community members wanting to tackle the impact of the drug ice on the community are encouraged to attend a public forum later this month.
Moira Shire Council mayor Gary Cleveland said an expert panel, including a former 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. Our ice information forums are an opportunity for us to learn more about the growing ice issue and develop a whole-of-community response,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
Crime Statistics Victoria figures show drug crimes reported to police in Moira Shire more than doubled, 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.
Funded by Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Ice Action Grants, the forum will be held on June 26 at 6.30pm at Nathalia Sports and Community Centre.
For information or to register, contact council on 58719222.