Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

Local solution to combat ice in Swan

Media Release

Local sport clubs will be part of a grassroots campaign to educate the community about the effects of the drug ice as part of the Federal Government’s National Ice Action Strategy.IMG_0138

The Good Sports Programme, which already promotes responsible consumption of alcohol in 7,000 sporting clubs, will receive an extra $4.6 million over four years to take the message about ice to those clubs.

“Locally, Good Sports has accredited sport clubs including South Perth Cricket Club and Manning Rippers Football Club, so those clubs will be places where the message about ice will now be delivered,” Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said.

“Extending to the Good Sports Programme to educate about ice will help convince young people not to try the drug through learning about it from peers in an environment they trust.

“If we can spread this message at the local level and let the community take action, then it will have a bigger effect.”

Mr Irons said bringing the message about ice to our future sports stars was the best place to start.

“If we can encourage young people, our future sporting champions, to stay away from illicit drugs, then there will be less influence in our community,” Mr Irons said.

“Having sport clubs, coaches and role models promote these messages to young players will have a big impact on the way they look at drugs and alcohol which will extend to peers outside the sport group and into the wider community.”

South Perth Cricket Club President Steve Barry said it was important for sport clubs to spread this message.

“It’s important to use the role we play in the community positively to create change and awareness about issues associated with illicit drugs and alcohol,” Mr Barry said.

Manning Rippers Football Club President Michael Tindall said young people could be easily influenced so spreading positive messages at a place and by people they look up to and trust can end up staying with them for life.

“If young players are tempted later on in life, hopefully they can look back and remember where we stood and the messages and lessons we taught them when they first entered the sport,” Mr Tindall said.

Rod Bridge formed the not-for-profit Sideffect after his sixteen year old son Preston died in February 2013 following his school ball after party.

Preston was a rising football star but died after he fell off a balcony after taking just one tablet of synthetic LSD known as 25inBone.

Mr Bridge formed Sideffect to create a voice to educate and make others aware of the fatal danger of taking synthetic drugs.

The Federal Government has also launched the Positive Choices website, an investment of $1.1 million.

This new educational resource is a one-stop shop for parents, teachers and students to access information about the impacts of alcohol and drugs.

Contact Steve

Send Steve an Email

08 9355 0099 (Office)

08 9355 0199 (Fax)