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VCAT approves rehab centre

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August 02, 2017

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said council was unanimous in its view that facilities of this type were needed to address the growing social impact of drugs such as ice in our communities.

VCAT has provided approval for development of a scaled back drug and rehabilitation centre at the Brookfield site near Numurkah.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said council was unanimous in its view that facilities of this type were needed to address the growing social impact of drugs such as ice in our communities.

‘‘Our concern was with the proposed location for the centre — not the importance or value of the service,’’ Cr Cleveland said.

‘‘After considering all the available information, it appears that VCAT’s view has tipped in favour of the need for a facility.’’

The VCAT proposal will allow 30 residential clients and five staff members, which is scaled back from the original proposal for 45 residential clients.

The 48 conditions also include requirements for the applicant to prepare and implement a landscape plan and to complete road and drainage works before operations begin at the site.

‘‘During the VCAT process, VCAT provided an opportunity for the applicant to prepare a flood risk report and a land capability analysis. These reports have informed VCAT’s decision,’’ Cr Cleveland said.

‘‘The next step is to work with the applicant to ensure the conditions are met and the facility is able to work effectively to help with addiction recovery.’’

The centre will provide significant new job opportunities in the Numurkah district.

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