Pressure grows for government to fund The Lookout

Pressure continues to mount on the Andrews Labor Government to fund The Lookout Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.

A motion was passed at the Liberal Party State Council on Sunday calling on the Andrews Labor Government to immediately provide adequate funding to enable access to substance addiction rehabilitation services.

It comes after Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, released in August, recommended the government build new residential rehabilitation facilities in regions where they are not currently available, singling out the Great South Coast.

Member for South West Coast Roma said The Lookout was a service which would support people with drug and alcohol addictions in their recovery journey.

“I have seen firsthand from my time in community health the need for a residential rehabilitation centre in South West Coast to give people access to the treatment and services they need to break the cycle of addiction,” she said.

“The motion at Sunday’s State Council shows the Liberals are invested in helping some of our most vulnerable people get the care they need.”

Ms Britnell said everything was in place for The Lookout with plans complete, a site secured, approval processes granted and community support.

Ms Britnell said The Lookout was a funding priority for the region.

“The  Andrews Labor Government has overlooked this crucial residential rehabilitation centre for years,” she said.

“Despite the Minister for Health giving tacit support for the project the government has not stumped up the funding.”

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