Breaking the Ice in our Community Forum to inform and assist the community

Queanbeyan City Council will host a Breaking the Ice in our community forum next month to help the community respond to the issue of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’.

The Australian Drug Foundation and the NSW Ministry of Health are partnering with Council to deliver the forum which is open to all members of the community and aims to:

  • inform people about crystal methamphetamine (ice) as well as alcohol and other drugs
  • let people know that there is help available for individuals, friends and families and where to find it
  • understand that communities can work together to implement primary prevention programs and activities to prevent harm from drugs and alcohol.

“Drug and alcohol addiction has been an issue in most communities for a number of years and events such as this forum will allow people affected to gain the support they need,” Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

“Similar forums have been successfully held across the country and many of the participants have used the information to help themselves, a friend or a family member.”

Local leaders and experts in drug prevention will explain some of the issues you might have heard about ‘ice’ in the media, and give you information about the drug and where to seek help, support and treatment in your local community.

Speakers and panellists will include:

  • Annie Bleeker from the Australian Drug Foundation – What is Ice? Who uses it? What are its effects?
  • Linda Wigginton – Southern NSW Local Health District – Treatment options for Ice.
  • Julie Tongs OAM – Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service – Impacts on the Indigenous community and culturally-appropriate services
  • Neil Grey – Monaro Local Area Command – how the police are responding to ice 
  • Tony Trimingham CEO of Family Drug Support – will discuss how to support for families affected by ice

The forum will also include a mini expo of community services available for people impacted by the use of ice and other drugs and alcohol.

What: Breaking the Ice in our Community Forum
When: Tuesday 5 April 2016 6pm for 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Bicentennial Hall, 253 Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free