Community grants for ice groups
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