Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was joined today by Acting Premier, Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant at a high-level critical forum on the drug ‘Ice’ in Tamworth to discuss how the Tamworth region could address the spread of the insidious drug.


Mr Anderson said  “Today was a fantastic opportunity to get both Government and non-government services all in the one room to hear first-hand what is currently being done to address the supply of drugs in our community and also to learn what services and resources are available and being delivered to support victims of ‘ice’ and their families.”


The forum heard from experts in health, rehab, paramedics and police and it was clear that we need a whole of community approach to provide a local solution for this problem. We quite simply cannot arrest our way out of this issue.


Mr Anderson said that today’s forum delivered a way forward that will lead to assist in fighting back against ice in our community.


“As a result of the forum I will form the Tamworth Ice Action Group to develop the education, support and rehabilitation networks that we need, a major focus will also be a youth forum to hear what we have to do to engage our young people.


“We know the devastating effects ‘ice’ can have on families and the wider community, we hear the horrifying stories of our emergency services coming in to contact with the drug on a regular basis and we know that now is the time for action and change.


Acting Premier Troy Grant said "Today was an outcome-focused forum where we set some clear goals for this region to track towards; following recommendations from the Tamworth Ice Action Group we can then seek the appropriate Federal and State Government support to implement them."


Mr Anderson said “This forum was the first of its kind in our region and there was a very strong feeling from those at the meeting to work together to fight back against this insidious drug.


“It was great to have local campaigner Tracey Fillicietti there who said it was a powerful meeting and a positive step forward.” Mr Anderson concluded.

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