A COMMUNITY action program to tackle the ice epidemic head-on will be launched in Warrnambool later this year.
The program will be launched in the Geelong region this week, based on two other successful programs — the Under 25s Road Safety Challenge and the Alcohol and Violence project.
The project will bring key stakeholders, including Victoria Police, the departments of justice and health and other state government organisations, together with community leaders for a summit. Working groups are given 100 days to implement actions.
Warrnambool citizen of the year Russ Goodear is one of the facilitators for the Geelong project and said he hoped to bring it to Warrnambool by the end of the year.
“Ice is a big problem in our community and is having a devastating impact on the lives of people of all ages,” Mr Goodear said.
He said he hoped the Warrnambool program would target three areas — workplaces, youth and sporting clubs.