Media Release

12 October 2018

Kealy: Liberal Nationals will support The Lookout

Friday 12 October 2018

Liberal Nationals will support The Lookout

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will back the south-west community’s push for a locally-based residential rehabilitation centre.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell was joined by Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy to announce today a Matthew Guy-led government will provide operational funding for Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) to run an 18 to 20-bed facility, known as The Lookout.

There is a critical shortage of residential rehabilitation beds in Victoria, particularly in regional areas, with wait lists blowing out to a year under Daniel Andrews.

While Daniel Andrews is sanctioning drug use by setting up injecting rooms next to a Melbourne school, a Liberal Nationals Government will help people to get off drugs and get their life back.

Our plan to deliver better rehabilitation services in Victoria will also include a new 18 to 20-bed residential rehabilitation facility in Mildura, to service north-west Victoria.

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy:

“When Labor came to government the first thing they did was scrap funding for three residential rehab centres, putting a huge amount of additional pressure on our already full system.

When people decide they need to break the drug cycle we need to make sure the supports are there to help them regain their life.

Under Daniel Andrews people are waiting up to a year to get the help they need. A Liberal Nationals Government will make sure we’re meeting our community’s needs by providing extra residential rehabilitation for people in South West Coast and across Western and north-west Victoria.”

Comment attributable to Member for South West Coast, Roma Britnell:

“I’m so proud to be able to make this commitment because it backs what our community needs, supporting better health outcomes for people in Warrnambool and across South West Coast.

The community came together, identified a problem and developed a solution, backing the campaign with a huge fundraising effort and I’m thrilled to help make our vision a reality.

Having worked in the health field, I know what a difference a locally-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will make. It will give people the opportunity to turn their lives around, close to home and their support networks.”