ACT health minister Katy Gallagher announced yesterday that a proposed redevlopment and expansion of a drug rehabilitation facility in Fadden will not proceed.
She cites “lack of agreement from the community” as one of the reasons for this decision.
The fuss over the Karralika facility began two years ago after Fadden residents realised there were (recovering) drug addicts in their midst. The plan being looked at was a 10 bed expansion of the facility from the current 25, though the initial proposal was for a 30 bed expansion (and Brendan Smyth seems to think the expansion would have made a 60 bed facility).
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The consultative committee considering the matter couldn’t agree about what should happen to the facility and has produced majority and minority reports, both of which can be read on the ACT Health site.
Greens MLA Deb Foskey said the decision to abandon any expansion is “disappointing”. She also said she thought the consultation process could have been handled better.
The Liberals think the decision is fantastic. He calls it a “victory for common sense”, which brings to mind Einstein’s saying that “common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18”.
“This is a decision for common sense and is a repudiation of the attempt by former Health Minister, Simon Corbell, to sneak the proposed expansion of the Karralika facility through the planning processes without effective consultation,” Brendan Smyth said. “I am delighted that the community in Fadden and Macarthur has had a victory in forcing the Stanhope Government to withdraw the proposed extension.”