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Banana Council want summit to tackle drug and alcohol issues

Banana Shire Councillors are calling for a forum to be held to address a gradual increase in drug related problems in the district.
Banana Shire Councillors are calling for a forum to be held to address a gradual increase in drug related problems in the district. John Gass

BANANA Shire Council are calling for a summit to be held to address the increase in drug and alcohol related problems within the community.

Banana Shire Council is concerned about the gradual rise in drug use and alcohol addiction.

Elected Council members have been monitoring feedback and noted a more recent and escalating trend of drug and alcohol related charges in the district's courts.

Over the past six months, Council have been liaising with the State Government around developing strategies to deal with these important issues as identified at the recent Rockhampton Ice Summit.

Banana Shire Mayor Cr Nev Ferrier said he was committed to working with service providers and the greater community to tackle these issues head on; with a call for a Drug and Alcohol Summit.

Cr Ferrier applauded the newly introduced Drug and Alcohol Services through the Banana Shire Support Centre, but said more needed to be done.

"We are very concerned and want to ensure Council does their bit to bring together Services and Community Groups to tackle these issues," said Cr Ferrier.

The issue made headlines again this week after Magistrate Cameron Press vented his frustration at the number of offenders appearing in the Biloela Magistrate Court on drug-related charges.

"The amount of drugs in this town is appalling," he told the court.

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