LNP takes ice fight to local streets
THE Sunshine Coast will be at the centre of an assault on the ice epidemic ravaging Queensland.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has announced the Coast will host one four community ice forums next month, along with Toowoomba, Townsville and Bundaberg.
The forum, to be held on February 21, will allow Ms Frecklington and community leaders to hear directly from Queenslanders affected by the drug scourge.
"Ice has infiltrated our small towns and cities, it is destroying families and attacking the very soul and fabric of our communities," Ms Frecklington said.
"This drug doesn't discriminate, it decimates.
"Everything ice touches it hurts.
"You don't need to be addicted or even use this deadly drug to be haunted by its effects.
"No area is immune. In my electorate cars get stolen and people are robbed just so people can feed their habit.
"There is nothing more heartbreaking than when a person from my community reaches out to tell me how ice has devastated their family, extended family and livelihood."
Ms Frecklington is calling on bipartisan support for the LNP's ice strategy, which includes four new rehabilitation centres in Queensland, funding for prevention services and stronger law enforcement.
The LNP has also called for organised crime networks that supply drugs to children to be shutdown.
Ms Frecklington said defeating the ice epidemic was one of her main priorities as LNP leader.
"I would like Annastacia Palaszczuk to take our plan and enact it," Ms Frecklington said.
"I am happy to provide bipartisan support because this issue is above politics. People's lives are at stake.
"In fact the longevity and well-being of whole communities, especially in regional Queensland, are at stake."