Bat­tle lines drawn in fight against ice

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

IT IS ok to say no.

That was the message that came out of the Lock­ing­ton and Rochester com­mu­ni­ties af­ter their Melt The Ice work­shops last week.

Both com­mu­ni­tites came to­gether in­di­vid­u­ally to talk about the strate­gies and ac­tions they can put in place to help fight the scourge of ice.

And al­though both com­mu­ni­ties saw dif­fer­ent paths to ac­tions, there was a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor — con­cern.

Put on by the Rochester and El­more Lo­cal Drug Ac­tion Team, the work­shops en­sured a com­mu­nity ac­tion plan was put in place.

RELDAT’s Crystie Bal­lard said both work­shops had very dif­fer­ent au­di­ences.

‘‘They were, how­ever, all there with the com­mon in­ter­est to sup­port and make their com­mu­nity a safe, happy and healthy place,’’ she said.

‘‘Both their ac­tion plans pro- duced some bril­liant ideas and ac­tions, how­ever they were quite dif­fer­ent.

‘‘This re­ally proves that even though the towns are so close to each other, they are very dif­fer­ent and work­ing with them separately is the best way for­ward.’’

Crystie said RELDAT was thrilled with the turnout.

‘‘We had about 20 peo­ple at the Lock­ing­ton work­shop and about 30 at the Rochester one,’’ she said.

‘‘This was great to see and ev­ery­one got very in­volved and voiced their con­cerns and ideas.’’

Lock­ing­ton have two clear steps for­ward.

‘‘Out of the ses­sion the group came up with an ac­tion plan and Lock­ing­ton agreed on a com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness pro­gram and prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties for those at risk,’’ Crystie said.

The ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram will start at pri­mary-school age and will in­cor­po­rate the whole com­mu­nity.

Rochester thought a dif­fer­ent ap­proach would work for them which in­cluded a proac­tive ap­proach for the com­mu­nity.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Su­san Benedyka takes notes dur­ing a Melt The Ice work­shop.

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