“There is a critical shortage of residential rehab beds in our area, and our community has identified the problem, come up with a solution and fundraised – we just need the Andrews Government to stop being so city-centric and provide funding support.”
“Our community wants action from the Andrews Government because it’s vitally important to have services that help people get their lives back on track, no matter where they live.”
Premier Daniel Andrews recently dismissed genuine pleas for more residential rehab beds in regional centres, including Warrnambool, as “shocking scare campaigns”.
The Opposition announced the policy of mandatory treatment for young offenders on March 5, 2018, and pledged residential rehabilitation centres in Warrnambool, Mildura and Traralgon in response to community requests.
Shadow Minister For Mental Health, Emma Kealy says she's disappointed at the Government's refusal to adopt the policy.
“It is plain common sense to introduce mandatory treatment to help young people whose offending or risky behaviour is a result of substance abuse."
“It’s disappointing that Daniel Andrews is too arrogant to adopt this initiative just because he didn’t think of it first."
“Drug and alcohol abuse is also a very serious problem in our regional communities and the Andrews Government is completely failing to keep pace with demands for residential rehabilitation services."