Will new program save Roma from ice scourge?
THE Maranoa community has pulled together to show "true grit” against the growing threat of the drug ice.
A new program, Project ICE: True Grit, is coming to Roma, Surat and St George next month to arm residents and organisations with the facts and know-how so to advocate for better services and resources to fight the spread of the drug.
Project coordinator Kim Besley Scott, of Lifeline Darling Downs and South-West, said the concept was devised last year with the help of local government and the Roma and District Rugby League.
"In 2015 the mayors of Maranoa, Balonne and Bulloo, along with Roma and District Rugby League meet with Lifeline Darling Downs and South West to develop a plan to address ICE concerns,” she said.
"In February this year the project began, based upon the Project ICE: Mildura campaign.
"The culmination of the Community Consortium Committee will see Community Education Forums and School presentations delivered in Roma from the October 5-6.”
The rewards for a successful outcome from the program are great, according to Ms Besley Scott, with a report the likely outcome from the community sessions.
"By raising awareness, collecting evidence and providing a report it is envisaged the local community will advocate for services required within Roma,” she said.
"This may be a 24-hour youth centre, alcohol and other drugs counsellor, financial and family support workers.
"A long-term goal that may need to be considered is the establishment of an Rehabilitation Centre within Roma.”
More than a dozen government, community, religious and social groups have worked on developing the program with Lifeline, including police, council, Queensland Health, Youth Justice, Carer's Australia, Vital Health, Heart Church, Surat Aboriginal Corp and the RDRL.
Ms Besley Scott described working with the groups as a delight.
"It has been incredible for the locals to support us to develop this program. It has been phenomenal,” she said.
The main information sessions will run at Surat's the Hub on October 6 from 5pm, and Roma's Jubilee Hall at RSC's senior campus on October 6 from 6pm.