Balaklava charitable organisation Enthos Incorporated is hoping to provide support for a community that is struggling with the illict drug ice (crystal methamphetamine).
Enthos Inc was launched at a community ice discussion in June last year and is working towards addressing the ice issue in the town through support, information and facility services.
The organisation has just finalised its plans for how best to address the illicit drug problem in Balaklava and the surrounding communities, and now hopes to raise capital in order to get its vision off the ground.
Enthos’ Michael Greenshield said the plans had come after a lengthy consultation process.
“This has come down from a lot of discussions with government and private individuals and people who are doing similar things,” he said.
“We are in the process of finalising a few business plans and trying to raise some capital.”
Mr Greenshield said the organisation had a three-pronged plan to tackle the problem which included an education program, opening a community gym in Balaklava and the possibility of opening a live-in rehabilitation centre.
However, Mr Greenshield said they had no plans to go after the drug manufacturers, instead they would focus on providing support to the community.
“One thing that people occasionally think we are doing, which we are not doing, is trying to fight a battle against drug dealers,” he said.
“That is not our aim, the police can deal with that, we are just trying to help people who want to get off of drugs.”
Mr Greenshield said for the past decade, Balaklava had developed a reputation for being the centre of the drug problem for the Mid North, and that it was having a detrimental effect on the town.
For the time being, Enthos’ main focus areas only stretched as far north as Riverton, however Mr Greenshield did not rule out entering the Clare Valley.
“It depends on finances more than anything,” he said.
For a start we will just focus on the Balak and surrounding regions, purely and simply just to make sure that we can actually achieve somethingMichael Greenshield
“For a start we will just focus on the Balak and surrounding regions, purely and simply just to make sure that we can actually achieve something before pushing our resources further than they can actually stretch.
“We do not have any plans not to expand in the future, but it will depend on a bunch of different things.”
Enthos’ current focus is establishing the community gym but there was no set time frame for when it would be up and running.
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