Drug-related crime across Victoria jumped markedly from March 2015 to 2016, and Mitchell Shire certainly hasn’t bucked that trend.
The latest Crime Statistics Agency figures show methamphetamine offences have more than doubled in just one year in the shire.
A total of 40 offences were recorded in the shire in 2016, compared to 16 in 2015 and 10 in 2014.
However, it’s better news for Strathbogie Shire residents, with the figures showing a drop in drug-related crime.
In fact, zero drug-related crimes were recorded in the shire in 2016, compared to three in 2015 and two in 2014.
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy said Daniel Andrews’ Ice Action plan is a ‘‘$184million dud’’.
‘‘Lots of money is being spent but it’s not making a dent in the numbers of people and their families that are being destroyed by this insidious drug,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s not just the lives that are being ruined, it’s the side effects like violent crime and aggravated burglaries which is impacting on tens of thousands of Victorians.
‘‘The Liberal Nationals believe that we need tougher sentences for drug traffickers, a more effective rehabilitation system and better awareness campaigns for young people and the community.’’