Govt’s ‘fail­ure’ on meth

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Vasse MLA Libby Met­tam says news re­gional WA con­tin­ues to lan­guish un­der the scourge of metham­phetamine re­flects failed Gov­ern­ment elec­tion prom­ises.

“Fund­ing cuts of $154,000 in this year’s bud­get for the cru­cial WA Metham­phetamine Helpline mean one in four calls go an­swered,” she said.

“Fur­ther­more, the WA Gov­ern­ment cut $8.7 mil­lion from the bud- get, and have walked away from the prom­ise of a stand­alone fa­cil­ity in the South West ded­i­cated to drug and al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“In­stead, the ad­di­tional 33 beds are to be in . . . lo­ca­tions across the re­gion which raised alarm bells from lo­cal sup­port groups.”

Ms Met­tam said the Metham­phetamine Ac­tion Plan’s pro­posed greater sup­port for the South West was not de­liv­ered.

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