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12 March 1991 - Current

Drug rehabilitation services
Page 3835
15 November 2017
ASSEMBLY Questions without notice and ministers statements SUZANNA SHEED

Ms SHEED (Shepparton) (11:30:49) — My question is for the Minister for Mental Health. The establishment of a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in my electorate has been on the agenda for quite some time. It was initially flagged more than two years ago for a site in Mooroopna; later it moved to Numurkah. In July this year VCAT overturned a decision by Moira Shire Council to block a permit for the facility to be made on various planning grounds. The reputed ice epidemic affecting our young people, the ongoing and well-known issues of alcohol addiction and the overall lack of residential treatment facilities in regional Victoria make this really important. The permit for the facility requires construction to commence within two years. Minister, what is the current position of the government in relation to ensuring that such a facility is established in my electorate?