United in bat­tle against meth

Great Southern Herald - - News - Tim Ed­munds

A group of young Noongar lead­ers hope to turn the March Against Meth into an an­nual event af­ter the Great South­ern com­mu­nity took a strong united stand against the drug last Fri­day.

More than 50 peo­ple from across the re­gion marched up Al­bany’s York Street on Fri­day for the com­mu­nity rally or­gan­ised by the Great South­ern Noongar Emerg­ing Lead­ers group.

The march con­tin­ued to the Town Square and guest speak­ers called on the crowd to raise aware­ness of the harm caused by metham­phetamine.

A mix of guest speak­ers — in­clud­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sup­port ser­vices and po­lice — spoke pas­sion­ately on the is­sue and a minute’s si­lence was ob­served.

Dr Matt Cole­man said he had seen first-hand the im­pact the drug was hav­ing on fam­i­lies and those it had af­fected di­rectly.

“This is a com­mu­nity prob­lem, not just a health prob­lem, those af­fected by the drug and po­lice,” he said. “The com­mu­nity needs to start open­ing their hearts as the only way to move for­ward ad­dress­ing the meth prob­lem.”

Great South­ern po­lice In­spec­tor Mark Twamley said po­lice needed the com­mu­nity’s help to ad­dress the is­sue and re­port crime and tar­get the deal­ers and sup­pli­ers of metham­phetamine.

Event MC and Great South­ern Noongar Emerg­ing Lead­ers group mem­ber Damien Yar­ran said he hoped the event would grow to be­come an an­nual stand against metham­phetamine.

Pic­ture: Tim Ed­munds

The March Against Meth heads up York Street on Fri­day.

Dr Matt Cole­man ad­dresses the crowd.

In­spec­tor Mark Twamley.

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