Lock­ing­ton and Rochester now search­ing for an ice break­through That’s why we see it as an is­sue which needs to be ad­dressed from a young age

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER - By Stephanie Hor­ton

THE com­mu­ni­ties of Lock­ing­ton and Rochester and sur­rounds will get their chance to talk about ways to re­duce the ef­fects of ice in their ar­eas.

In Lock­ing­ton, while it isn’t seen as a ma­jor is­sue yet, res­i­dents ob­vi­ously want to make sure it stays that way.

Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School prin­ci­pal Chrissy Drum­mond said th­ese pro­grams were a way for peo­ple to talk about is­sues they might have with ice.

“The school is lead­ing by ex­am­ple by hold­ing the ses­sion in a neu­tral place,” she said. “The school is very com­mu­nity ori­ented and we want the best for our stu­dents and com­mu­nity.

“That’s why we see it as an is­sue which needs to be ad­dressed from a young age.”

The school also pro­vides a drug and al­co­hol ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram as a part of the health cur­ricu­lum. Mean­while, in Rochester, the Ro­tary club will hold a fo­rum in the his­tor­i­cal court house. Ro­tary has run many pro­grams about dif­fer­ent health is­sues in the com­mu­nity.

Rochester Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent Bryan Grif­fiths said he was very wor­ried about the com­mu­nity and the ef­fects of ice among other drugs.

As well as the fo­rum, the club is us­ing this as a chance to put its name out there.

“Ro­tary is very com­mu­nity ori­ented,” Mr Grif­fiths said.

“We be­lieve this fo­rum will al­low peo­ple to come and talk about their is­sues on a neu­tral ground.”

The club hopes the fo­rum will help the com­mu­nity un­der­stand the ice epi­demic across the dis­trict.

Jenny In­gram, a Ro­tary club com­mit­tee mem­ber, said even in the mid­dle of town, you could hear the vi­o­lence and the ef­fects of drug use.

“Chil­dren are be­ing shown it from a very young age, which means this gen­er­a­tion is be­ing in­flu­enced by vi­o­lence and drug use,’’ she said.

The fo­rum looks to iden­tify the strengths of the com­mu­nity and how peo­ple can bring about pos­i­tive change and gen­er­ate clear, achiev­able ac­tions and so­lu­tions to re­duce drug and al­co­hol-re­lated harm and iden­tify re­sources and sup­port re­quired to help com­mu­nity led ac­tions.

Su­san Benedyka will fa­cil­i­tate both fo­rums.

The fo­rums will be at Lock­ing­ton Con­sol­i­dated School next Wednesday from 7pm and Rochester’s court house in Moore St the next day from 7pm.

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