Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, to clarify the Government’s position on the proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre at Numurkah.
In Question Time yesterday, Ms Sheed reminded the Minister the facility had been on the agenda for more than two years and said it was a vital service for the region.
“The reputed ice epidemic affecting our young people, the ongoing and well known issues caused by alcohol addiction and the overall lack of residential treatment services across regional Victoria are just some of the reasons why such a service in our region is necessary,” Ms Sheed said.
Ms Sheed also acknowledged there had been concerns expressed by some Numurkah residents regarding the planning and environmental impact of the development and asked the Minister what steps would be taken to address these issues and mitigate any potential risks.
Mr Foley said the Government was committed to tackling the drug issues in regional Victoria and had allocated funding for a rehabilitation centre in the Hume region.
He said while community concerns about the impact such a service would have on a community were understandable, he said support could usually be advanced when issues were worked through.
He also told the Parliament he would work with Ms Sheed and the broader community to build support for the project.
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