Video Transcript

Travis Switzer: Obviously football/netball clubs are a massive part of local communities and in particular in Gippsland that’s the case for this club as well. Obviously providing health outcomes for people but also there’s those social outcomes around getting together with other people and forming relationships in the community I think is really important. Ice is something that obviously football/netball clubs are not immune to. It’s obviously a massive community issue and we want to try to talk to them about the – I guess the dangers of ice use and talk about that from a preventative point of view. And you can see tonight we’ve got the footballers here and obviously we’ve got netballers over at the netball courts. We think it’s really important that we come to a football club environment so that we can actually get a touch on those people who are most vulnerable and also their families. And we can’t forget the volunteers and people of places like this, football/netball clubs, the impact can be really wide reaching.

Ben McWilliam: Statistically regional areas appear to have been impacted significantly by ice use and amphetamine use. You see really fine young people seem to get caught up in it and it has a devastating impact on their lives. People who are promising sportsmen and apprentices, students, end up losing friends, losing jobs, and ultimately their own self-respect.

Travis Switzer: I applied for the grant through the – the ice action grant through the State Government. For us to have the access to some funding to support us having health professionals – we also have someone like Gavin Crosisca speaking at these forums as well who has a really powerful message of 28 years of battling his own drug addiction while he was playing football. Go for a grant. The ten thousand dollars that we’ve been able to get from the State Government has allowed us to run a really significant program and I need to stress that it isn’t just football/netball club people, it’s communities.