The local Ice Action Group met in Tamworth again today to continue discussions about services available and referral models within the local area.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the group continues to gain traction in the areas or education, support and rehabilitation.


“We’ve been continuing discussions about service mapping and the need for a strong local referral model so that no matter who needs the advice or support they can be confident they will receive it.


“It’s important that we learn about successful referral models that exist locally already to help assist us in how we can move forward so today we heard from Tamworth Family Support Service (TFSS) who are doing incredible work with homelessness and domestic violence.


“Hearing how TFSS currently works in this space helped the group understand what process the organisation follows and what challenges they face which will help us with our service mapping.


“Education remained a key focus for the group today with primary and secondary school aged children highlighted as an age group of great interest. Because these young people are a large focus of our education component we are now better engaging with a local Youth Consortium so that we can gauge how to better reach our target audience for education.


“With rehabilitation still a great area of importance I will be engaging with rehabilitation service Lyndon who are based in Orange to look at their current services and invite them to meet with our group here in Tamworth.


“The NSW Government announced record funding in drug rehabilitation in the budget recently so it’s important that we identify how our local area can benefit from that funding so that that we can better ensure access to the right services for those who need it.


“I believe the group is making great progress as we continue to raise the discussion in the community and I thank the group for their passion and dedication as we continue to tackle what is a difficult issue,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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