Council unanimously rejects rehab centre
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.