Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she is disappointed the Goulburn Valley has missed out on accessing specialised drug and alcohol treatment in their own community.
The Victorian Government last week announced the first residential rehabilitation facility in the Hume Region would be built in Wangaratta.
Ms Sheed said the Shepparton region was in desperate need of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and that she would continue to lobby the Government to support a local service.
“We know that alcohol and drug abuse is a major issue in our community and it is so important that those seeking help have a service available to them close to home,” Ms Sheed said.
“It is disappointing that we will not be getting a residential treatment facility at this time, but with so much investment being made into our health services with the $170m redevelopment of Goulburn Valley Health, I will continue to explore opportunities to secure a facility for the region.
Ms Sheed said while she acknowledged such projects were often hard to progress, she said the community needed to come together to develop a solution appropriate to the Shepparton District community.
“There has been a lot of debate in recent times about rehabilitation services and concerns regarding planning decisions, location choices and preserving the local amenity and these are areas that need to be thoroughly fleshed out,” Ms Sheed said.
“Unfortunately, the need for a residential facility to support people in overcoming their addiction will not disappear any time soon and we must find a way to address it.
“If we can work together to build a strong, community-led case for a much needed residential drug and alcohol treatment facility, we may just be able to get it over the line in terms of future Government funding.”
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