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The Wimmera's first Aboriginal community ice forum went for five hours, and still attendees wanted more. About 50 people attended from 10.30am last week at the Wimmera Trade Training Centre, regional Victoria.
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative organised the event to inform and empower the region's Aboriginal community. Together, they formed the foundations for a community action plan.
Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce Coordinator and Grampians Community Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor, Brendan Scale, said suggestions included establishing an Aboriginal family support group and creating guidelines for families co-existing with ice users. 'The Indigenous community forms a small part of the Wimmera's population,' he said. 'The incidence of them presenting to Grampians Community Health is proportionate to that. We know there is a very small number of people causing them very large concern.'
A Wimmera mother, who wished to remain anonymous, stood up and shared some insights into the pain and chaos her family had endured. Her adult son is a crystal methamphetamine user. 'There is no racism or discrimination with this drug,' the woman said.
Forum facilitator Les Power commended the woman on her strength. He encouraged people to call Goolum Goolum on (03) 5381 6333 to discuss the Aboriginal forum.
Source: Wimmera mail-times