TWO COMMUNITY forums will be held in Bendigo in October to discuss growing problems with methamphetamine.
Department of Justice regional director Loddon Mallee Jodi Henderson said the community needed to “take a stand” against the drug.
"Ice is a terrible drug that is wreaking havoc in rural communities and destroying the lives of many,” she said.
“While government agencies such as Victoria Police and the Department of Health are doing their level best to stop the supply of ice, the community also needs to take a stand.
“To do so requires knowledge and understanding of what this drug can do."
Figures published in The Age show there were 30 armed robberies in the Loddon region believed to be ice related in the last 12 months.
A date is yet to be set for the forums but Ms Henderson said she hoped young people would attend with their parents.
“Everyone is welcome, particularly parents and young people," she said.
Police, Bendigo Health and the City of Greater Bendigo are expected to attend.
A partnership has also been formed between several local groups to tackle drug and alcohol abuse.
Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell said a forum would be held in September.
“We are working to create community awareness by holding education forums about alcohol and other drugs which we hope will build on the momentum of the Australian Drug Foundation’s current campaign The Other Talk," she said.