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“Bush Healing Farm” for Tharwa

By johnboy - 3 March 2009 58

[First filed: March 03, 2009 @ 09:36]

Katy Gallagher has announced that the ACT Government and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reference group have found a site on Paddy’s River Road near Tharwa for “an alcohol and drug rehabilitation service that will address the complex issues related to drug and alcohol abuse for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community”.

    “The use of this property for this purpose will require a development approval process which will include extensive opportunity for community consultation. The ACT Government has already commenced ongoing land management obligations for the property, such as fire hazard and weed control are met, guaranteed through a Land Management Agreement.”

    The ACT Government committed funding of $10.8 million for this service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT in November 2007, with the Australian Government contributing an additional $1 million in June 2008.

    The design and construction of the rehabilitation facility will be culturally and environmentally sensitive, and the ACT Government will encourage the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees and labour.

We await reaction to the news from Tharwa with interest.

UPDATED: Zed is extremely surprised by the announcement as Katy isn’t able to provide a briefing on the subject until April.

    “I wrote to Ms Gallagher on the 20th of February seeking a briefing. I received a curt email on the 1st of March telling me only that Ms Gallagher was considering our request. The next we heard was the announcement made today.

    “This comes after a long, sorry saga on this project. Mr Stanhope initially was planning to force the project through on the Kama site in Hawker, against departmental advice.

    “Once the story became public in the media, he made a humiliating change in plan.

    “Since it has been handed to Ms Gallagher, the process has not improved.

    “This site has been announced on the Tharwa community without consultation, without community involvement, without showing due respect to the other parties in the Assembly.

    “The questions is – what is Ms Gallagher trying to hide with this project? We have said repeatedly that we support the concept of a Bush Healing Farm. If there is nothing to hide, the briefing should be provided as soon as possible,” said Zed.

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“Bush Healing Farm” for Tharwa
YapYapYap 10:13 pm 03 Mar 09

Despite what Zed is Dead says the tories never supported the idea. Its a drug and alcohol rehab facility, not a half-way house for criminals, and I can’t see what’s wrong with the idea. But then I’m not a redkneck.

utah 9:57 pm 03 Mar 09

I can’t help feeling we’re missing an opportunity here; that maybe working through their problems with people from other ethnic backgrounds would help Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians understand each other better. Maybe find some common ground?

cranky 8:39 pm 03 Mar 09

And that would be ‘parallel’!

cranky 8:29 pm 03 Mar 09

Can I raise the question of why the ACT Gov can break all records in funding and establishing this facility, when a similar facility for potential Bimberi inmates is not, and probably never will be, countenanced? As per a parralel thread.

astrojax 8:01 pm 03 Mar 09

i’m with gobbo, i rekkun the healing farm is a brilliant initiative and it is just a pity there isn’t more of an effort made to address this scourge in our society across a broader cross section of it.

a healing facility like this is quite unlikely to become a ghetto for low socio-economic indigenous criminals as a housing commission estate might, so i am not sure what you’re sorry about, vg, or to whom… there are clearly not enough rehab places in canberra, or do you know stuff the rest of us don’t?

this should be allied, though, to a much more focussed and well-resourced mental health program to meet the needs in that sector, too. in fact, while this farm is in and of itself excellent, i should rather these resources go to the enormous dearth in mental health facilities our society currently ‘enjoys’.

deezagood 7:58 pm 03 Mar 09

Mr Evil said :

See, there are worse things than having a Data Centre built next door to you!

Maybe Stanhope should put all his eggs in one basket and build a Data Centre/Crematorium/Cemetery and Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre all in one spot?

Gobbo – believe me, if the bush healing centre had some sort(any sort) of gas power station attached, Stanhope would definately be trying to pop it next to Macarthur. The man really, really (really) wants something gas-fired on that land 🙂

vg 7:29 pm 03 Mar 09

Sorry, but what a load of shit. All handsy holding and tree hugging. We have more rhab places in this town than addicts

Thumper 7:10 pm 03 Mar 09

It’ll probably be opened next week….

Gobbo 4:47 pm 03 Mar 09

I support the Bush Healing Farm. I even supported it when I thought it was going to be built near me.

amarooresident2 4:34 pm 03 Mar 09

R. Slicker said :

Gee, what are they going to do anout electricity, water and sewerage? More money screwed from U & me just so we can pander to politically correct Aboriginal superstitions.

So if it was for white kids it would be ok?

R. Slicker 2:28 pm 03 Mar 09

Gee, what are they going to do anout electricity, water and sewerage? More money screwed from U & me just so we can pander to politically correct Aboriginal superstitions.

housebound 2:12 pm 03 Mar 09

Wasn’t this or something similar proposed for the Kama property at one stage? (Shortly after they kicked out the Tully family, and then threatened to evict their neighbours for looking after the stock with no paddock) If not Kama, then somewhere else in the Belconnen area.

More sensibly, though, government doesn’t need to consult to resume a lease, especially a rural lease, and compensation is payable because of that pesky Constitution. They don’t need to consult until the DA goes out, and then only on works (and it might be different in a rural area because no one will be materially affected).

So all you have left to whinge about is the lack of scrutiny though appropriation. In that case, bag out Labor for sneaking it through, and bag out the Libs and Greens for leting them – or perhaps they were all properly briefed and thought it was a good idea.

Mr Evil 12:16 pm 03 Mar 09

See, there are worse things than having a Data Centre built next door to you!

Maybe Stanhope should put all his eggs in one basket and build a Data Centre/Crematorium/Cemetery and Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre all in one spot?

barking toad 12:00 pm 03 Mar 09

Good opportunity for an enterprising locksmith to drum up business with the locals for installing deadbolts and other security systems on properties.

Might have been better to put this joint next to the “tent embassy”.

Fatman2009 11:40 am 03 Mar 09

Not Tharwa. Tidbinbilla Valley.

Government paid $1.7 million dollars for this farm. Did the tax payer here about it? No… Were the local farms consulted? No… Is this service inline with the Territory Plan? No…

10/10 for ACT Government’s lack of community consultation. But Hey, Same as always!

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