Colac takes a stand against ‘ice’ threat

Colac Tigers Football Netball Club president Nick Lang, second from left, has organised a community forum to talk about the dangers  related to methamphetamine. Mr Lang is pictured with Colac Otway Shire mayor Lyn Russell and Colac police officers Tessa McManus and Doug Washbourne.

Colac Tigers Football Netball Club president Nick Lang, second from left, has organised a community forum to talk about the dangers
related to methamphetamine. Mr Lang is pictured with Colac Otway Shire mayor Lyn Russell and Colac police officers Tessa McManus and Doug Washbourne.

COLAC TIGERS Football Netball Club president Nick Lang says it’s time to take a stand against the drug “ice”.

Mr Lang has organised a community forum at the Colac Tigers’ clubrooms on Thursday to discuss the impact of methamphetamine, or “ice” on Colac’s young people.

Geelong Football League clubs have discussed issues with the highly addictive drug at forums at Geelong.

Mr Lang, a father of two children, said the Colac community also needed to address “ice” concerns.

“I don’t want it to be an alarming thing but it’s more for kids, but also for the parents because as I’ve got teenage girls and I’ve got no idea about it,” he said.

“I like to think I’m a relatively liberal thinker but seriously this stuff really scares me and seeing what it’s done to Geelong, you hear some of the horror stories there.”

Leading Senior Constable Terry Woodcroft will give a presentation on methamphetamine and its use in the community at the forum while staff from Colac Area Health will also attend.

Mr Lang said his concerns about “ice” stemmed from being a parent, rather than it being a football club issue.

“It’s a concern as a parent, that’s my biggest concern, and I am using the Colac Football Club as a forum for it,” he said.

“I think we’ve got a responsibility, us as a club, to educate our kids.

“Sports clubs aren’t just about kicking a footy or throwing a netball anymore, it’s evolved from that into a community hub and we’ve got people who are in the demographic that it may well affect.”

Mr Lang said the forum was an information session and wasn’t about laying blame on any particular part of the community.

“You look at the demographic of Colac, and the socioeconomic demographics of Colac and we’re clustered in the Norlanes, the Corios and Whittingtons,” he said.

“That’s how we’re clustered, that’s how a lot of the funding gets through based on an area of being at need.

“This isn’t about blaming anyone, it’s a community responsibility and if we ignore it, It’s only going to get worse.”

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