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    2018 - 07.03

    Corangamite councillor Geoff Smith suggested the council should get on the front foot and make a strong statement ice wouldn’t be tolerated in local footy. COUNTRY footy clubs caught using the drug ice to enhance on-field performance should have all their council support cut, a long serving councillor says.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Corangamite councillor Geoff Smith called for a hard line on the use of drugs in sport on the back of media reports this week which suggested some football coaches were giving the highly-addictive and destructive drug to players before they took to the field in an effort to bolster performance.

    During the discussion, mayor Chris O’Connor said a south-west police officer had previously told a Great South Coast Group ice taskforce meeting of reports that south-west tradesmen were giving the drug to their apprentices to make them more productive.

    Their comments came ahead of an Australian Crime Commission report, released yesterday, that suggested use of the drug had grown rapidly in regional areas and posed the highest risk to communities.

    While not suggesting any clubs in the south-west were participating in such programs, Cr Smith suggested Corangamite should get on the front foot and make a strong statement it wouldn’t be tolerated.

    He said if clubs in the Corangamite region were caught using the drug, council should take strong action and withdraw all support.

    “I cannot understand how anyone could think it’s a legitimate way to win matches,” Cr Smith said at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

    “Ice is a scourge on the community, it destroys lives and is a major issue for council and the community.

    “I think strong action should be taken and flagging a withdrawal of council support for clubs and their home grounds and facilities if they are caught makes our position very clear.”

    Cr O’Connor said he would be staggered if any local clubs were using similar practices and said it was disappointing the reports had “slurred” all clubs in the state.

    “I know my local club, Terang Mortlake, goes out of its way to look after its kids. It has a policy that if you are caught using drugs, you’re out, It doesn’t matter if you’re the club’s best player,” Cr O’Connor said.

    “I think we need to keep these reports in context, it shouldn’t be a slur against our local sporting clubs.”

    The crime commission report prompted federal justice minister Michael Keenan to warn that the “nation’s addiction to this mind-eating, personality distorting, life-ending drug” is undermining the social fabric of communities.

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