Coun­cil unan­i­mously re­jects re­hab cen­tre

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

Holly Thompson

Man­jimup Shire Coun­cil has voted unan­i­mously against the pro­posed Cyre­nian House al­co­hol and drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre which was to be built near Pem­ber­ton.

At the coun­cil meeting on Oc­to­ber 18 a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Cyre­nian House ad­dressed com­ments made in the agenda item be­fore the de­ci­sion was fi­nalised.

Shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei said the pro­po­nents of the fa­cil­ity have in­di­cated they would like to appeal the de­ci­sion.

“They can appeal or seek to re­zone the land and at the mo­ment the ball is in their court,” he said.

“If they choose to try and re­zone but are un­suc­cess­ful then they will then have no grounds to appeal the de­ci­sion.

“We be­lieve our grounds are quite solid but ob­vi­ously they dis­agree.”

At the meeting the agenda item re­vealed mul­ti­ple let­ters had been sub­mit­ted ex­press­ing con­cern about com­mu­nity safety and in­suf­fi­cient emer­gency ser­vices in the area.

Cr Omodei said the coun­cil had taken these con­cerns into ac­count in mak­ing a fi­nal deci- sion. “The rea­son for the re­fusal was there was sig­nif­i­cant sub­mis­sions op­pos­ing it, I think we had one in sup­port and 65 against,” he said.

“Our job is to make the best de­ci­sions for the com­mu­nity and at the end of the day this de­ci­sion is best for that.”

Cr Omodei said coun­cil­lors had voted 10-0 against the mo­tion be­cause of this.

“I don’t think there is any­one in the com­mu­nity against a drug and al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre, it’s just a ques­tion of where it is and the im­pact it could have on emer­gency ser­vices,” he said.

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