QUEENSLANDERS will have until October this year to have their say on the state government’s draft action plan to address the scourge of crystal meth across the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said input from April’s Ice Regional Community Engagement Summit in Rockhampton and last week’s roundtable in Townsville highlighted the importance of working together to tackle ICE and reduce its impact on Queensland families and communities.
“These discussions identified how existing actions can be better implemented in regional and rural areas of the State, explored potential gaps in service delivery and recommended how those gaps can be addressed,” she said.
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“In response from requests across the state, more roundtables will be held in the coming months to ensure we hear from experts, service providers and local community members on the 65 actions outlined in the Government’s draft action plan to tackle ice, Action on Ice.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the Government had made an unprecedented commitment to tackling ice including the allocation of an extra $43 million over the next five years to increase access to specialist clinics and other support services by the non-government sector.
“These additional funds will be invested across the full spectrum of responses, including community-based counselling, non-residential rehabilitation, pre-and post-treatment support such as withdrawal management in residential rehabilitation, specialist peer support for families and flexible modes for counselling,” she said.
“My Government is determined to work with all levels of government, service providers and the community to break the hold that this drug has over individuals, families and communities.”
Public comment on the Government’s draft action plan has been extended to 31 October.
Click here to have your say and view the Queensland Government’s draft plan.