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CON­SEN­SUS ON METHADONE CLINIC’S MOVE HAS BEEN POS­I­TIVE

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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.

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