A strong message

FULL HOUSE: The Cootamundra Ex Services Club auditorium was at capacity on Wednesday night for our town’s chance to learn more about the drug ice. Picture: Jennette Lees With close to 400 people packing out the auditorium at the Cootamundra Ex Services Club at Wednesday night’s Ice Forum, the message was clear; Cootamundra wants action over ice.
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The forum was designed to be informative, providing practical information about what ice is, the effects, why people take it and where they can get help.

All of these boxes were ticked.

Opening the forum, Cootamundra Shire Councillor Doug Phillips, who acted as MC for the evening, said “I’m a father and a grandfather, I know I need to know a lot more”, and that is what the forum was all about.

Leading the talk was the Penington Institute’s Crios O’Mahony.

He put the ‘ice epidemic’ in perspective, saying national Drug and Alcohol Surveys show around one per cent of the population has used ice.

“What I can say though is more people are using ice in Australia than has happened in the past,” Mr O’Mahony said.

He informed the crowd about some of the products used in the manufacturing of ice, including drain cleaner, batteries and farm chemicals.

“It’s quite a dirty drug, even though it looks quite clean,” Mr O’Mahony said.

He said a whole-of-community approach is needed to tackle the increasing use of the drug.

“It is good to see so many people here because it shows a good community, and drugs are a community problem,” Mr O’Mahony said.

A panel discussion included local police, health representatives and social awareness commentator Joe Williams –a Wagga footballer, turned boxer.

Mr Williams said following the forum the pleasing turnout was “Such a huge positive”.

“Itshows the community cares,” Mr Williams said.

“There were a lot of important messages given out and concerns raised – the next step is for the town, police and community to unite together andtackle the issue so it doesn’t grow.” Mr Williams said.

The evening had been hosted by the Rotary Club of Cootamundra and Mission Australia with the two combining after it was clear the community wanted to come together on the issue.

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