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Local sporting clubs supported to address ice

03 October 2014

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan has welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to help stamp out the use of ice in regional Victoria with the expansion of the Good Sports Program.

“It is fantastic to have so many sporting clubs throughout the Euroa electorate participating in the Good Sports Program,” Ms Ryan said.

“These include clubs throughout Benalla Rural City, Campaspe, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Shepparton Shire Council, Mitchell and Strathbogie shires.”

The Coalition Government will provide the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), which operates the Good Sports Program, with $200,000 to run local programs that tackle ice and other drugs.

Ms Ryan said regional sporting clubs who register with the Good Sports Program would be supported to lead the discussion about the dangers of methamphetamine use.

“While alcohol is still the most widely abused drug by young men and women, the increased use of methamphetamines is having a horrific impact on local communities, families and young people in particular,” Ms Ryan said.

Over the past three years, Odyssey House has seen a 110 per cent increase in the proportion of clients presenting with amphetamine problems, including ice.

The funding will enable more than 980 regional and rural sporting clubs to act as community leaders in responding to the issue of ice in local communities.

A full list of clubs in the Euroa electorate is provided at the end of this media release.

The Good Sports Program provides free support to sporting clubs to change their culture and reduce high risk drinking.

“Thanks to support from the Victorian Coalition Government, participating clubs will now be able to develop effective ice strategies and to link families and young people to local support services.

“Our local sporting clubs, such as football and netball clubs, are often the heart of the community. By running drug education and support programs young people and their families can learn about the distressing realities of ice use.”

“There is no quick fix to the growing problem of ice but I strongly believe that the only way to effectively address this issue is by the community tackling it together.”

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