Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today held the latest Ice Action Group meeting with education taking centre stage in the group’s discussions.


Mr Anderson said the meeting was full of energy as the group worked together to discuss real options for educating young people against the dangers of ice.


“An area of focus today was children in years five and six and today we had a discussion with the Department of Education around what the Department is proving to that age group. We also had a presentation from Life Education Australia who is keen to assist.


“At today’s meeting we heard from Life Education CEO Kellie Sloane who was able to brief the group on the work they are planning on doing with ice education. The presentation was well received and gave momentum to the group’s discussion.


“We will continue to establish strong ties with youth groups and work closely with local schools and Life Education Australia to increase the access to these educational tools.


“Further research is also leading us towards a greater focus on a local referral process and building our service network.


“Local service providers that are doing incredible work in crisis care and referrals so we would like to explore the capabilities of those organisations to expand their services to include first response assistance and support for drug affected patients and their families.


“There was a general consensus around the table today that we are definitely making headway into what is widely accepted as an extremely complex issue.


“Fighting back against the spread of ice in our community was never going to be an easy task however the dedication being shown by the Ice Action Group to tackle the issue head on is encouraging.


“I thank to group for their continued dedication to this fight as we continue to build on our efforts at each meeting. As long as we keep taking steps forward then I am confident we will be able to make headway into tackling this issue,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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