Moorabool Drug Action group receives funding

Police members feel ill-equipped dealing with ice users.

Moorabool Drug Action Group will use a $10,000 grant to tackle ice use at the grassroots.

MDAG was among 12 groups sharing $118,000 in state government grants for workshops, forums, local campaigns, training and community engagement.

MDAG member Senior Constable Jim Ross said the group would hold awareness and education workshops, delivered over six sessions, to local businesses, service providers and community members.

The group hopes to reach at least 500 people over coming months.

“If one person is addicted to drugs, it affects the rest of the family and community,” Senior Constable Ross said.

“Ice seems to be the main trend of conversation at the moment … but there are other drugs that are used more than ice, such as heroin.”

The group hopes to make the workshops ongoing. Senior Constable Ross said the funding would establish a foundation for the project, and it is hoped businesses and other services will back it.

Moorabool council chief executive Rob Croxford said the grant was a “fantastic outcome for our community”.

“Moorabool Drug Action Group [now has] a platform to develop stronger collaborative relationships … to ensure ongoing community capacity building beyond the life of the project itself,” Mr Croxford said.