MP is determined to tackle ice

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FED­ERAL Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen has an­nounced he will hold round ta­ble dis­cus­sions about methy­lam­phetamine or “ice” is­sues in the dis­trict.

In Par­lia­ment this week, Mr Chris­tensen said he’d re­ceived a “dis­turb­ing let­ter” from Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney about an “as­tound­ing and gravely con­cern­ing in­crease in the use of drugs, par­tic­u­larly ice” at the Bowen State High School.

Mr Chris­tensen said re­ports, ob­tained by the school, in­sin­u­ated drugs were be­ing given cost free and used by a wide range of com­mu­nity mem­bers in­clud­ing stu­dents.

“(And) as if to sub­stan­ti­ate those claims, 100 raids across Mackay and the Whit­sun­days on the week­end net­ted more than $1 mil­lion in drugs, with 57 ar­rests made,” Mr Chris­tensen said.

The round ta­ble dis­cus­sions will be held in Mackay on Fri­day, June 13 from 10.30am-12.30pm at the Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil re­cep­tion room and at the Giru­dala Hall in Bowen on Satur­day, June 13 from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Any­one who has been im­pacted per­son­ally by the drug ice and who would like to at­tend is asked to phone Mr Chris­tensen’s of­fice on 4944 0662.

CON­CERN: Ice is a grow­ing con­cern in the Whit­sun­days.

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