Youth Ice Drugs

Ryan urges Labor to reinstate funding for ICE

20 April 2015

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan has raised concerns over cuts to funding designed to educate young people about the impacts of drugs, including ice.

Ms Ryan told Parliament Daniel Andrew’s decision to cut the $5 million which the previous Coalition Government had allocated for community education forums and grants programs had concerned local youth organisations.

“Last Sunday I met a young Yorta Yorta man from Shepparton named Brady Jones while judging a talent show in Euroa as part of National Youth Week,” Ms Ryan said.

“He performed a song he wrote called ‘Glass Pipes’ which told a terrible story about the impact of ice on his family, his mates and the Shepparton community.

“Brady wrote the song to wake people up to the impacts of ice.

“Both sides of politics want to address this issue but I don’t think Labor’s decision to cut funding for education is the way to go about it.”

Ms Ryan said youth organisations had expressed concerns they could no longer access the funding.

“Shepparton youth organisation Word and Mouth have run a number of successful forums to educate young people about the impacts of ice.

“By demonstrating the harmful impacts of hydrochloric acid and other ingredients, the forums have helped deter young people from using the drug,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said Word and Mouth had planned to apply to the $2 million grants program for funding to put on a part-time person to educate more young people.

“Word and Mouth will no longer be able to apply for this funding thanks to Labor’s cuts.

“Instead of cutting funding to community education programs, Labor should be supporting the efforts of young people like Brady and organisations such as Word and Mouth,” Ms Ryan said.

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