A PETITION urging the Victorian Government to “immediately make funds available for a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Mildura” has been created.
Northern Mallee Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) chair Simon Clemence is calling for the community to back the petition.
“I hope every single person in this region will put their signature to it,” Mr Clemence said.
“If we can get several thousand signatures, there’s a fair chance the people in power will sit up and take notice of it.
“We've got the data that shows that the facility is necessary, we’ve got the local healthcare providers saying we need it, but we also need to show that the people are behind it.
“It's important to show that our community are willing to embrace the concept of a rehabilitation centre in Mildura.”
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp is also urging community members to get behind the cause.
Mr Crisp said a petition will raise awareness about the issue beyond Mildura.
“I can use (the petition) to bring it to the attention of the minister,” Mr Crisp said.
“There is no set number of signatures required for petition, just as many as possible.
“Drug and alcohol abuse is a major problem in our community and the consequences have touched many families.”
Mr Crisp said he plans to use the petition to raise the matter in Parliament in June.
“I believe that drug and alcohol abuse is a contributing factor to family violence,” he said.
“We have established non-residential or community based programs, the most recent of which is a program to assist Ice addicts.
“However, not all participants respond to community based programs, therefore to complete the suite of services we need a residential facility.”
You can add your signature to the petition online at haveyoursayvictoria.org/mildurarehab, at the office of Peter Crisp MP, 35 Deakin Avenue or call the office on 5021 2828 to obtain a copy.
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