Contractors were heading yesterday to an iconic roadside sign near Alice Springs, to fix and restore it after vandals altered the wording from “Welcome to Alice Springs” to “Come to Ice Springs”.
A picture of the change circulating on social media drew much notice. Many interpreted the defacing of the sign as a comment on the growing use of the drug ‘ice’ in regional Australia. Ice, also known as ‘crystal meth’, is a crystalline form of the drug methamphetamine.
The drug’s use in Australia has reached epidemic proportions and the problem is particularly bad in regional Australia.
A photo of the sign on the ABC Alice Springs and ABC Darwin Facebook pages drew hundreds of shares and comments.
The Northern Territory Government recently introduced a dob-in-an-ice-dealer scheme to try and bring the scourge under control, ABC News reported.
NT police seized more than 18,000 grams of amphetamines in 2013/14, an increase of 163% in seizures over the previous financial year.
Edited by William Sykes