Mayor welcomes $20 million Rehabilitation Centre commitment

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed an election commitment of up to $20 million for a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility for Dubbo by the Labor Party.

It was announced on Friday morning by Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord with Country Labor candidate for Dubbo Stephen Lawrence that a rehabilitation centre would be built in the first term of a Labor Government if elected.

Councillor Shields said it was significant for Dubbo to get the commitment and called on the Coalition and others to match it.

“Since being elected this Council has made getting a rehabilitation centre its number one social priority so to see a party committing to it is a great result from Dubbo,” Councillor Shields said.

“What I want to see now is the Nationals and the other parties and candidates make the same commitment.

“A drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre would address some of the underlying social problems that have caused the Dubbo Region’s high crime rate so this is an important step towards reducing crime.”

Councillor Shields said the community had played a role in securing the commitment, just like it had with the Nationals’ commitment of more hospital car parking.

“This is yet another issue where the community has been vocal about its needs and wants and it has gained a result,” Councillor Shields said.

“I would still like to see the major parties and local candidates commit to this and I would like to see Labor and others commit to matching the Nationals’ promise of a multi-storey car park at Dubbo Hospital.

“These are critical pieces of infrastructure that will have a real impact on the lives of residents and all candidates need to acknowledge that and make the commitment.”

Last Edited: 08 Mar 2019

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