Victoria

Helping communities fight ice

Fourteen community groups across Melbourne and regional Victoria will receive funding to help tackle the devastating effects of ice use and addiction in their areas.

Victorian Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley announced the latest recipients of the Victorian Government’s Ice Action Grants, which will develop locally focused action plans to reduce the impact of the drug.

Applications for the grants, which provide $10,000 to each organisation, were encouraged from groups with a focus on improving the safety of the community, Aboriginal Victorians and young people at risk of entering the youth justice system.

Over the past four years, 52 community ice action grants have been awarded totalling more than $500,000.

In 2018-19, the Victorian Government is investing a record $259.9 million in drug services – an increase in investment of 57 per cent through the last four Victorian Budgets.

This includes more than doubling the number of residential rehab beds in Victoria – from 208 beds in 2014-15 to more than 450 when all beds are fully operational.

Source: Vic Government