Glimmer of hope a little brighter

August 04, 2017

The development of a drug and rehabilitation centre in Numurkah is back on the agenda after VCAT recently overturned Moria Shire Council's 2016 refusal to a planning application.

It has been two years since a glimmer of hope arrived for those in the Goulburn Valley caught in the drug and alcohol addiction cycle.

A small idea promised to reform the burden casting a heavy shadow across regional Victoria, through the development of a drug and rehabilitation centre focused on a cure.

After multiple proposed sites, community and local government rejection and a VCAT hearing, the development of a centre in Numurkah is a step closer to becoming a reality.

April 2015: The developers of a potential new drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Shepparton seek community support for the venture, supported by ACSO.

June 2015: Builder and developer Helma Gash said ACSO had been in talks with several ministers as well as banks, who had been supportive of the initiative.

September 2015: Goulburn Valley Addiction Recovery Centre developers lodged planning permission for the new centre in Mooroopna with Greater Shepparton City Council. ACSO and Odyssey House receive complaints from residents about the proposal.

September 2015: The centre will no longer be on the outskirts of Mooroopna, following community objection.

November 2015: ACSO announces it is looking at alternative options for a site.

February 2016: Numurkah site proposed, residents are invited to a community consultation meeting, which is met with mixed response.

March 2016: Community backlash with mixed support, amid increased talk of centre development.

July 2016: Moira Shire councillors vote down a planning application for a drug rehabilitation centre in Numurkah, amid public concern.

February 2017: VCAT hearing begins.

July 2017: VCAT overturns Moira Shire Council’s decision.

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