Council welcomes federal Rehab Centre funding

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed a $3 million contribution by the Federal Government to help with the development of a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility in Dubbo.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced the funding, which will be put towards the $5 million cost of constructing a 15-bed rehabilitation and eight-bed detox facility, on Thursday.

“Getting a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility for the region is one of the highest social priorities of this Council and the money provided by Mark Coulton brings that a step closer to reality,” Councillor Shields said.

Council has committed to provide a parcel of land, but Councillor Shields said there was more work that needed to be done to make the facility a reality.

A further $2 million is still required for construction, while initial estimates show the facility will cost $2.5 million per annum to run, which is also currently unfunded.

“To do our part Council indicated very early that it would provide land, and the experts have indicated to us that it should be land outside of the city area, so we have worked towards that,” Councillor Shields said.

The Mayor said Council would continue to look for other funding options and he urged the State Government to join its federal counterpart in making a financial contribution.

“I think it is important that the Coalition should make it one of the highest priorities for this region now that it has been re-elected,” Councillor Shields said.

“I will be talking to our likely new Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders once he sworn in and really emphasising to him that this needs to happen.

“We have already had preliminary conversations and he has indicated his support.”

Last Edited: 09 Apr 2019

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