ORGANISERS of a drug forum in Bendigo are optimistic the community will work together to tackle the devastating scourge of the drug ice in central Victoria.
Over 220 people from all walks of life attended last night’s Central Victoria Ice Forum at the J.B. Osborne Theatre in Kangaroo Flat, prompting Divisional Commander Daryl Clifton to call the evening "terrific."
“There was good attendance and a really good cross section of the community,” he said.
“The best part of tonight was the variety of people who came. We had people who came just to be better informed and then parents or family members of those affected.
“There was a variety of very enquiring and informed questions.
“It was good to see that we are not working alone at Victoria Police, there are vast arrays of people in the community who are concerned.
It was good to see that we are not working alone
“It is a community issue.
“This evening was planned as just the first step in a joined up government department approach.
“The first step is coming together and helping the community understand.
“I think everyone will have got something different from tonight.”
Department of Justice Loddon Mallee Regional Director Jodi Henderson echoed this sentiment and said the evening was just one part of the journey.
“To beat or understand ice, we have to work with the community,” she said.