20 May 2016

Coalition delivers for Geelong in the fight against ice

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson was joined today by the Minister for Rural Health Senator Fiona Nash to visit the residential live-in facilities at Foundation 61 in Geelong.

The Coalition Government committed $1.5m for capital works for a new Women’s Rehabilitation centre as part of the 2016/17 Budget.

This investment will allow Foundation 61 to purchase land and construct a facility that will provide residential rehabilitation services for local women struggling with substance addiction, including ice.

Minister Nash said she has seen the huge impact ice has had on regional communities.

“Last year, I hosted an Ice Forum with Sarah Henderson in Geelong and saw first-hand the devastating impact this terrible drug is having on the region.

“Local police, health workers and the National Ice Taskforce have all said we simply cannot arrest our way out of this problem. To break the drug dealer’s business model, we have to smash the demand for their terrible product. Helping people get off this drug means less violence and less addiction-based crime, helping us all feel safer.

“Sarah has rung me too many times to count to advocate for this project and I’m so pleased that it will now become a reality.”

Ms Henderson said the region will benefit from this investment, which showed the clear focus of the Coalition Government to tackle the scourge of ice across the country.

Ice is ruining lives and destroying communities, and for 12 months I have worked hard with Minister Nash to ensure that local services like Foundation 61 receive the support they require.”

Local drug and alcohol services will also receive an additional $4.052 million injection, as part of the Coalition Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce. This funding will be commissioned by the Western Victoria Primary Health Network.

In addition, local volunteer groups will soon be able to access grants from the Federal Government to deliver local education and prevention programmes across the community.

The Coalition is also providing support to more than 1,200 community sporting clubs to deliver prevention messages about ice with a focus on regional Australia.

These programmes are part of the Coalition Government’s comprehensive $300 million plan to tackle ice across Australia.

20 May 2016