Project Ice Mildura aims to counter the influence of ice in our community due to the increase in its use and availability. Ice (Crystal Methamphetamine) is now the second most common illicit drug in Mildura after cannabis and is considered one of the most addictive of illicit drugs. This community awareness and education project is an initiative of the Northern Mallee Community Partnership.
The main campaign ran from September 2013 to July 2014, with information sessions continuing into 2015. The impact and the reach of the campaign was evaluated by the Tony Vinson Centre for Applied Social Research.
The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Supply and Use of Methamphetamine in Victoria ran for over 10 months, conducted more than 100 hearings and received over 200 submissions from a broad range of stakeholders. It is the most extensive inquiry/review of this type ever conducted. Project Ice Mildua was consulted in the inquiry and contributed to the Victorian Community Ice Action Plan.
In July 2016, Mallee Sports Assembly was successful in acquiring $50,000 to increase the resilience of sporting clubs in Mildura, Red Cliffs, Merbein, Ouyen and Robinvale against Ice. The project wrapped up in September 2016 with a large information evening and celebration at the Mildura South Football Club.