The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called out the Andrews Labor Government on a promise in last year’s State Budget on the establishment of residential drug rehabilitation centres in regional Victoria.
In a constituency question for the Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley, Ms Lovell said that in the 2017/18 State Budget, the Andrews Labor Government announced funding of $9.7 million to acquire land in Gippsland, Hume and Barwon to establish new residential drug rehabilitation facilities throughout regional Victoria.
“Ten months has passed since this funding was announced and we are now on the cusp of a new State Budget but still the Minister continues to drag his feet on this issue, failing to make any announcements on land acquisitions to build the rehabilitation services that are so badly needed,” Ms Lovell said.
“The Minister and the Andrews Labor Government are clearly not serious in tackling the scourge of drug addiction in regional Victoria including the Goulburn Valley.”
“A rehabilitation facility is badly needed here in the Goulburn Valley and that is why I have asked the Minister to provide the location of the land he promised to acquire to build a new residential drug rehabilitation facility in the Hume region.”