Canberra to receive $2.86 million for local ice rehab services


Canberra will receive $2.86 million for local drug and alcohol rehabilitation services as part of the Government’s $300 million plan to combat the scourge of ice in communities across the country.

The funding will help to reduce demand for ice and reduce addict-based crime by supporting local rehabilitation services to help get addicts off ice and out of the drug market.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today welcomed the new funding which will help to combat the devastating impact that ice is having across the region.

“This money will provide much needed services to people in our region that are grappling with ice addiction and substance misuse.

“I have spoken to countless families across our community and at my Canberra Ice Forum last November, who are dealing with the fallout of this insidious drug. Many of them are particularly concerned about a lack of available treatment and rehab services,” Senator Seselja said.

While treatment delivery is traditionally the responsibility of state governments, the Federal Coalition Government has recognised the urgency of this situation and acted.

The funding for local services is part of the Coalition Government’s response to the National Ice Taskforce report, which was handed down in December last year. The Capital Health Network as the ACT’s PHN will be responsible for commissioning services with the funding, which will flow from the 1st of July.

Minister for Health, Sussan Ley said it was clear that we cannot simply “arrest our way out of this problem.”

"Police everywhere are doing a great job and making record numbers of busts," Minister Ley said.

"Police and the National Ice Taskforce have recommended we also focus on reducing demand. If we want to break the drug dealer’s business model, we have to smash the demand for their terrible product and this funding will help to do just that.”

In addition to funding for rehabilitation services, local volunteer groups will soon be able to access grants from the Federal Government to deliver local education and prevention programmes across the community.