INVERELL'S "ZERO TOLERANCE" DRUG STANCE PRAISED IN PARLIAMENT

Inverell Zero Tolerance

INVERELL'S "ZERO TOLERANCE" DRUG STANCE PRAISED IN PARLIAMENT

10 April 2002

National Party Member for Lismore, Thomas George, has congratulated in Parliament the Inverell community on it "zero tolerance" stance on drug use.

Mr George yesterday commended Inverell's inaugural Blue Ribbon Week and kNOw Drugs Strategy.

He also called on the Carr Labor Government and other councils in NSW to follow Inverell's example and implement such a strategy.

"The Inverell community's approach is pro-active and is an example of a community banding together to fight the drug scourge," Mr George said.

"Education is the key. During the 1999 Drug Summit held in State Parliament, the National Party argued that we need to equip our children with the knowledge and the social skills to say No to that first, experimental flirtation with drugs.

"I am delighted to see Inverell's focus on prevention, however, I am extremely disappointed that the Carr Labor Government has refused to provide any funding for the campaign."

In Parliament yesterday, Mr George gave notice of a motion calling on the House to: Congratulate Councillor John Irvine, the Mayor's Drug Advisory Committee and Inverell Shire Council on its inaugural Blue Ribbon Week and the launch of its kNOw Drugs strategy;

Support Mayor Johnston's comments that a united community can make a difference in the lives of children, by leading by example;

Calls on the Government to have the Community Drug Action Teams
immediately adopt the kNOw program and its objectives throughout NSW;

Encourages other Councils within NSW to seriously consider implementing such a strategy.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577