War on ice: Can it be won?
STATE LNP members have come out in support of a five-point plan aimed at tackling the issue of ice within rural and regional Queensland communities.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie and Member for Buderim Steve Dickson were among Coast MPs to also back the State Opposition policy on Monday.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls outlined a five-point action plan to help eradicate ice from the streets, putting the targets squarely on outlaw motorcycle gangs in a bid to clean up the streets.
The five-point plan was announced to work in tandem with the Federal Government's National Ice Action Plan, with both Mr Dickson and Mr Bleijie identifying ice as a problem within the Sunshine Coast and other regional communities.
The five-point plan consists of:
- Dob in a dealer: A $1 million cash stash to encourage the community to report information to Crime Stoppers.
- Keeping bikie clubhouses closed
- Drug addiction services: Plans to deliver alongside the Federal Government more treatment services in regional and remote areas as well as targeted support through Queensland Health
- Law enforcement co-operation: Ensure State and Commonwealth enforcement agencies share intelligence and resources better
- Increased prevention: More community awareness programs aimed at certain high-risk demographics, specifically, males aged between 25 and 40
Bond University Assistant Professor of Criminology Dr Terry Goldsworthy says the success of any crackdown on ice comes back to three arms: reducing supply, reducing demand and harm minimisation.
He said focusing solely or largely on bikies would be a mistake in trying to stem the supply of ice.
"They're better off looking at the market rather than bikies," Dr Goldsworthy said.
He agreed treatment programs were a good measure to try and remove people's dependence on ice and reduce demand, and said intelligence sharing had to be vastly improved if there was to be any success.