Re­hab fa­cil­ity gets coun­cil green light

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

MONTHS of com­mu­nity de­bate and con­sul­ta­tion came to fruition on Tues­day night with Har­vey Shire Coun­cil giv­ing the green light to the Palmer­ston Res­i­den­tial Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity.

The coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the change of use for build­ings in Brunswick Junc­tion, which have pre­vi­ously been a pri­son, a railway bar­racks and a ther­a­peu­tic cam­pus, so the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity could go ahead.

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said the fa­cil­ity would be an as­set for the Brunswick com­mu­nity and the re­gion.

“It gives an op­tion for peo­ple to have that sup­port they need to restart their lives af­ter sub­stance abuse or al­co­hol abuse,” she said.

Palmer­ston chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sheila McHale said she was re­lieved the process of es­tab­lish­ing the fa­cil­ity could now move ahead.

“It’s been a very thor­ough process and what this means is we can now start to ad­dress some of the need that has been ex­pressed to us over the months that we’ve been work­ing on this,” she said.

Cr Jack­son said with a re­view of the Risk Man­age­ment Plan sched­uled for ev­ery two years as part of the ap­proval con­di­tions, the coun­cil would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the fa­cil­ity and any is­sues that arose.

“We’ll re­view that ev­ery two years to make sure that it still is meet­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Ms McHale said the next step was to fi­nalise buying the build­ing and then be­gin ren­o­va­tions.

“It’s not struc­tural work but it’s get­ting it up to the stan­dard that we want it to be,” she said.

“We’ve been get­ting quotes from lo­cal sup­pli­ers so we’ll be cre­at­ing a lot of work for peo­ple.”

Ms McHale said there was no fig­ure for the cost of ren­o­va­tion but Palmer­ston would ap­ply for Lot­tery­west grants.

“It’s go­ing to be sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars to get it up to the stan­dard that we want,” she said.

“We prob­a­bly won’t see a lot hap­pen­ing be­fore Novem­ber but we’re work­ing very hard to get it up and run­ning early in 2018.”

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