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VCAT to hear drug centre appeal

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February 17, 2017

ACSO appealed to VCAT after Moira Shire Council in July knocked back a plan to build the Goulburn Valley Addiction Recovery Centre.

The future of a planned residential drug rehabilitation centre near Numurkah could be known by the end of next week.

A proposal by the Australian Community Support Organisation to build a 48-bed facility for drug and alcohol-addicted patients has reached the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

ACSO appealed to VCAT after Moira Shire Council in July knocked back a plan to build the Goulburn Valley Addiction Recovery Centre at Watters Rd, Numurkah, a site known locally as Brookfield.

It follows a previous attempt by ACSO to build the centre in the Goulburn Valley, at a site near Cornish Rd, Mooroopna.

That was abandoned late in 2015 after strong opposition from nearby residents who did not want it built near their houses, but helped to look for alternative sites. About 60 sites were explored before ACSO settled on Brookfield as its preferred option.

A VCAT spokesperson said the five-day hearing was scheduled to start on Monday in Melbourne.

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