Community comes together on drug abuse

Last night’s drug forum at Smithton opened an important conversation about how we all – individuals, families, communities, governments – respond to drug abuse.

There was a strong message from last night that the Circular Head community does not want to be singled out as an epicentre for illicit drug use, which it clearly is not.

What was very evident on the other hand is that this is a close-knit community that passionately cares for its own, and that genuinely wants to help those affected by drugs and deter others from going down the same road.

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Hope Discovery Playground – for all kids

The Liberal Government is committed to restoring our essential services and supporting Tasmanian families.

Today I joined staff from the Door of Hope in Launceston, visiting the site that will become the Hope Discovery Playground, a disability and family-inclusive playground in Launceston.

Door of Hope does amazing work in Launceston supporting children living with a disability and their families.

The Liberal Government is proud to support them, providing $80,000 towards the construction of the Hope Discovery Playground as part of our election commitments.

It is important we have a public playground in the Launceston region that caters for children with disabilities, and our contribution ensures this important project goes ahead.

The Discovery Playground will provide a unique play space designed to encourage and foster creative, interactive and social play for all children, and especially for vulnerable children, or those with low mobility, who cannot access standard public playgrounds.

The funding is provided in our Budget and we are pleased to be involved in helping this worthy project come to fruition.

Drug Use in the North-West

The Liberal Government is continuing to monitor developments around drug use on the North-West Coast. There is no doubt that drug use is a concern to all Tasmanians – it was a concern under the former Government and it remains a concern now, not just in the North-West, but across the State and the rest of Australia.

Rather than sit on our hands as Labor and the Greens did, we have already taken action and ordered a review into drug use in the North-West where specific concerns have been raised.

A significant amount of work has been completed and we expect the review, together with advice from Tasmania Police, will be finalised and handed to Government in the next three weeks. We look forward to receiving all observations and evidence, which we will then consider and respond to.

There is no doubt that crystal methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug and poses substantial risks to anyone who experiments with it, wherever they live.

That’s why we are reforming our entire health system into a single statewide health service to utilise our resources more effectively and give all Tasmanians access to better services.

Labor and the Greens have been quick to take pot shots at the review after doing nothing on this issue. Rather than throw rocks from the sidelines, they should actually try and be constructive and support the work we are doing in health.