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COMBATTING DRUGS: Cr Ian Todd, Shelly Robinson, Sergeant OIC Dirranbandi Police; Gayle Lancaster, Kim Besley Scott, Paul Tabrett, Senior Sergeant OIC St George Police; Mareea Lochel, Balonne Shire Council brought True Grit to town, now for the next stage.
COMBATTING DRUGS: Cr Ian Todd, Shelly Robinson, Sergeant OIC Dirranbandi Police; Gayle Lancaster, Kim Besley Scott, Paul Tabrett, Senior Sergeant OIC St George Police; Mareea Lochel, Balonne Shire Council brought True Grit to town, now for the next stage. Contributed

THE drug ice is one of the most destructive and addictive drugs of the modern era, and Maranoa MP David Littleproud is coming together with Care Balonne to deliver targeted local action in the Balonne Shire.

"As a father of three boys, the scourge of ice scares me because I've heard the heart-breaking stories of mums and dads who watch helplessly as their children suffer the horrific consequences of ice,” Mr Littleproud said.

"I'm not alone in my concerns and that's why the Federal Government has joined forces with Care Balonne in St George to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction through local drug action teams,” he said.

Mr Littleproud says the funding will also tap into the health and education sectors, along with the communities ravaged by drugs, to develop locally focused action plans to improve both preventative measures and treatment outcomes.

"Whether you're a user, recovering from addiction, family member, medical professional, involved in community support or law enforcement - and everyone in-between - we need an open and honest discussion.

"Because what works in the Balonne region may not be suitable for the Southern Downs and that's why a targeted and engaged approach is so important.”

Robyn Fuhrmeister from Care Balonne says she is very excited about what this funding will mean for not only St George, but for the whole of the Balonne Shire.

"We are very proud to be working in partnership with David Littleproud on educating the community on not only drugs but alcohol as well,” Ms Fuhrmeister said.

Ms Fuhrmeister said this round of funding came after the True Grit program which came to town late last year, and that targeted local action will take a whole of community approach.

"This problem is not going away, we need a long term plan.

"We do not have all the answers, but we will be working with people who have a lot of them, and this funding will allow us to tap into resources to come up with a three year plan.”

Topics:  balonne david littleproud drugs ice maranoa mp


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