Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, said that local families and individuals will have access to more services to tackle ice and other drug problems as a result of $3.6 million in federal funding.

Mr Zimmerman said that this week’s launch of the additional services by the Northern Sydney Primary Health Network brought together some of the state’s most experienced drug rehabilitation and mental health services, including Odyssey House and New Horizons.

“The $3.6 million in funding for northern Sydney is part of the $300 million allocated nationally by the Turnbull government for our National Ice Action Plan,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Ice is the most potent and addictive illegal drug and its use knows no geographic or socio-economic boundaries.  Medical experts have reported a four-fold increase in the number of hospital admissions over the last few years on the north shore resulting from ice abuse.

“We have to smash the criminal gangs importing and selling ice and this week saw the Australian Federal Police and the Victorian police, in a joint operation, seize the largest haul of ice ever brought to Australia.

“It’s also vitally important the government provides support to people who are addicted to ice – education and rehabilitation is essential.

“That’s why, following the report of the National Ice Taskforce, the federal government has allocated $300 million across Australia to support rehab’ and education programs.

“Locally, the Northern Sydney Primary Health Network has been given the lead to work with experts and community organisations to improve support for families and individuals.

“The expanded services will provide counselling and rehabilitation day programs particularly targeting adults and teenagers in our area and follows extensive consultation with experts in our area,” Mr Zimmerman said.