Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash said it was clear that we could not simply “arrest our way out of this problem”.
“Police everywhere are doing a great job and making record numbers of busts,” Minister Nash 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.
The Coalition is also providing support to more than 1,200 community sporting clubs to deliver prevention messages about ice with a focus on regional Australia.
These programmes are part of the Coalition Government’s comprehensive $300m plan to tackle ice across Australia.