VIDEO: Hogan, Nash, and local people share views on Ice
UPDATE: FROM an ice addict themselves, to a worker assaulted by an ice addict, to politicians - everyone has been talking about ice today.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash and Page MP Kevin Hogan spoke about the issue of ice in the community, while mother of three Mahayla Hogan, of Casino, shared her experience of ice addiction with the taskforce.
A HSU delegate from Tweed Hospital, Murray Carlson, shared his experience being assaulted by an Ice user.
INITIAL REPORT: ASSISTANT Health Minister Fiona Nash will be in Lismore today for a consultation as part of the National Ice Taskforce.
She said the aim was to gather grass roots information on local impacts, effective programs and current efforts to combat ice use.
"Ice is a problem which reaches deep into the community and so we need the community to help us tackle it," Ms Nash said.
"We want to hear from the people on the ground about what's really going on.
"I'll submit the outcomes of my consultations into the taskforce process, as other MPs, including Justice Minister Michael Keenan, will also do. The ice issue requires a coordinated national approach."
Page MP Kevin Hogan agreed it was a chance to air local issues.
"We've been in touch with many people around the electorate," he said.
"Our police, our frontline medical services and our rehabilitation agencies have all been consulted with and will present themselves and their thoughts at the forum."
Recommendations from the consultation in Lismore will be reported directly to the National Ice Taskforce.