Treatment transfer triumphs
CONSENSUS ON METHADONE CLINIC’S MOVE HAS BEEN POSITIVE
TWELVE months on, the methadone clinic’s move from Queen St, St Marys to the grounds of Mt Druitt Hospital has proved to be a positive one.
Western Local Health District drug health director Nghi Phung said the purpose-built private clinic now served an average of 140 patients a day.
“This is up from the average of 110 it was treating at the time it moved, but is still well short of the more-than 200 (people) it helped in its heyday”, Dr Phung said.
St Marys Town Centre manager Paulette Adams said the clinic’s relocation had seen more businesses move into Queen St.
“We now have a 5 per cent vacancy rate … with more investors looking at options for development,” she said.
Blacktown Cr Edmond At- alla was critical of the move when he ran for, and won, the seat of Mt Druitt during tate elections this year.
“I still object to how it was relocated, with Mt Druitt seen as a dumping ground,” Cr Atalla said.
“But we haven’t had any complaints or people raising issues since it moved.”
Mulgoa state Liberal MP Tanya Davies said the move allowed St Marys to begin realising its “immense potential”, saying “It was without a doubt the best outcome for St Marys and the people, who benefit from a purposebuilt methadone clinic”.
Mt Druitt crime prevention officer Senior Constable Paul Bates said police hadn’t had to respond to any major issues at the methadone clinic since the move.