Christensen to hold round table on 'grave' ice issue
FEDERAL Member for Dawson George Christensen has announced he will be holding round table discussions in Mackay and Bowen about the methylamphetamine or "ice" issues in the district.
In Parliament today Mr Christensen said he'd received a "disturbing letter" from Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney about Bowen State High School, which had raised concerns over an "astounding and gravely concerning increase in the use of drugs, particularly ice".
Mr Christensen said reports, obtained by the school, insinuated drugs were being given cost free and used by a wide range of community members including students.
"As if to substantiate those claims, 100 raids across Mackay and the Whitsundays on the weekend netted more than $1mllion in drugs, with 57 arrests made," Mr Christensen said.
The drug haul included 14kg of cannabis, 18 cannabis plants and more than 460 grams of ice.
Mr Christensen said North Queensland, as a region heavily impacted by the use of ice, would contribute to the National Ice Taskforce, the group created earlier this year to tackle the growing issue.
He said he would conduct "community ice forums in both Mackay and Bowen" in coming weeks to gather input from key stakeholders across the community.
The forums would discuss the extent of the ice problem in the district and its impacts as well as solutions for the National Ice Action Strategy.