Kuranda march has created ice awareness
PEOPLE touched by the drug ice hope their demands for a proactive approach to saving Kuranda from its effects are acted upon by politicians.
Mareeba Mayor Tom Gilmore told 50 people at the March Against Ice at Kuranda yesterday that the event must lead to a solution.
“We must have an outcome,” he said. “A feel-good exercise is a waste of time.”
He believed at least one marcher had information about ice dealing in Kuranda.
“The first thing that must happen is for them to call Crime Stoppers,” he said.
The march was the brainchild and hardwork of local indigenous elder Manny Ross.
“We have lost people in this community, and it hurts,” he said.
“We’re not trying to point the bone at anybody but we care about our communities and we need to understand ice before we can understand what our kids are going through.
“We need to understand it first before we can help them.”
The march down Coondoo St was planned by Mr Ross with support from the Ngoonbi Community Services indigenous Corporation.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch backed community calls for an Ice Forum.
“I’ll be there with bells on,” he said.
“I’ll make sure that anyone who needs to be there to listen to their community can get there.
“I think it is critical that they do this as part of the process.”
Mr Entsch said any possible rehabilitation centre should be welcomed by both sides of politics.
“This is a totally bipartisan initiative in support of a community that has said ‘we are not going to cop this anymore’,” he said.
He said any drug rehabilitation centre would need to be local.
“You need family and friends there ... that are supporting you,” he said.
Kuranda residents have marched together along Coondoo Streeet and into Centenary Park standing united and demanding action on the use of the drug methylamphetamine in the town, more commonly known as ice. Long time Kuranda local Yanzy Mullar was very vocal at the march.