Com­mu­nity grants for ice groups

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY groups tack­ling ice abuse in the Echuca area are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for Com­mu­nity Ice Ac­tion Grants.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp last week launched the next round of grants to help curb ice abuse across the state which af­fects ev­ery­one – from the break­down of fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties to in­creased hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions and as­saults on first re­spon­ders.

‘‘The use of ice is tak­ing a ter­ri­ble toll on our com­mu­ni­ties. Ini­tia­tives like the Com­mu­nity Ice Ac­tion Grants will sup­port com­mu­nity groups to come up with their own ways to ed­u­cate peo­ple on the dan­gers of ice,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery lo­cal com­mu­nity is dif­fer­ent and we’re proud to be sup­port­ing groups to re­spond to ice through strate­gies that they think will work for their area.

‘‘We’ll con­tinue work­ing with great com­mu­nity groups to take ac­tion and make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple try­ing to tackle their ice ad­dic­tion.’’

The grants pro­vide re­cip­i­ents with up to $10,000 each to cre­ate ini­tia­tives that will help pre­vent and re­duce ice-re­lated harm in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

Over the past three years, 38 grants have gone to ser­vices across Vic­to­ria in­clud­ing health ser­vices, sport­ing clubs and lo­cal safety com­mit­tees such as Rum­balara Abo­rig­i­nal Co­op­er­a­tive, Rochester and El­more Dis­trict Health Ser­vice and Moira Shire Coun­cil.

More in­for­ma­tion about the grants can be found at ice.vic.gov.au/safer­com­mu­ni­ties

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