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 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.