> Drug rehabilitation centres promised for regional Victoria by Liberal Party

Drug rehabilitation centres promised for regional Victoria by Liberal Party

Shop counters across the south-west Victorian city of Warrnambool have been dotted with small yellow donation tins for the past five years. 

The brightly coloured Support The Lookout tins carry a decent amount of coins, as well as the heartfelt pleas of community members who have been working hard to have a purpose-built rehab centre built on the city’s fringe. 

Known as The Lookout, the proposed facility has been a key talking point at every local, state and federal election that’s been held since it was first proposed.

But it has struggled to receive financial backing. 

Opposition from a small pocket of the community and subsequent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal battles over funding and an appropriate location have stymied the centre’s plans for the past five years. 

Until now. 

A passionate group of community leaders has helped raise $600,000 towards the centre’s build, while others have led a charge through the tribunal to pave the way for construction to start. 

The final hurdle of funding has this week been realised, with the Victorian Coalition including the project among a statewide promise to dramatically increase the number of drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds.

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