Twelve Victorian community groups will receive Community Ice Action Grants with almost $118,000 in funding announced today.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley made the second round of the grants at the Shepparton Black Eagles Basketball Club, which will use the funding to mentor young Aboriginal people in the area.
The grants will help deliver local initiatives such as workshops, forums, local campaigns, training and engagement with young people.
They are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan – which is investing more than $100 million to stop ice ruining people’s lives.
This includes $57.6 million in this year’s Budget to provide more Victorians with support to tackle ice.
This is the second year the grants have been allocated. This year’s recipients are:
- Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland (Orbost, Lake Tyers and Lakes Entrance)
- Greater Shepparton City Council
- The Victorian AIDS Council (Bendigo)
- Moira Shire Council (Cobram, Nathalia, Numurkah and Yarrawonga)
- Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative
- Wodonga City Council
- Brophy Family and Youth Services (Warrnambool)
- Central Victoria Australian Football Commission (Bendigo)
- Black Eagles Basketball Club (Shepparton)
- Moorabool Drug Action Group (Bacchus Marsh)
- Mitchell Shire Council (Seymour, Broadford and Wallan)
- Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley
“We know community support is the key to beating ice and keeping people of the prisons and courts.”
“Black Eagles Basketball Club should be congratulated for putting their hand up to educate young people on the dangers of ice.”
“Locals are the key to success – they know what will work for their area. This funding will support them to come up with the plans that will rid their community of ice.”