The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up the fight against ice and drug addiction, across the state with Barwon to be one step closer to another drug rehabilitation service.

As part of the Victorian Budget 2017/18, $81.1 million will be invested in stage three of the Ice Action Plan with a focus on early intervention and treatment for Victorians struggling with dangerous drug use.

The Government will provide $9.7 million to acquire land in the Barwon region to build an up to 18 bed new residential drug rehabilitation facility along with land in Gippsland and Hume.

Over the next twelve months the Government will consult with the local community to determine a suitable and appropriate site.

With an investment of $34.8 million, 30 new rehabilitation beds will be opened, supporting over 80 patients a year,  as well as treatment places and counselling services  for 3800 Victorian parents, working to reunite them with their children and loved ones.

This investment will provide a 60 per cent increase on the number of beds funded by the previous Liberal Government.

The Labor Government will also provide 960 treatment places for people on community correction orders to get the support they need to get back on their feet.

Recognising the impact of drugs has a disproportionate effect on Aboriginal communities, $14.1 million will employ 34 Aboriginal health workers to address this drug use head on.

The Government will also invest $12.4 million to expand services for those transitioning in or out of alcohol or drug treatment, who may be at risk of overdose.

In Victoria last year, there were 257 overdose deaths from illicit drugs and many more from prescription drugs – and this number continues to rise.

This latest funding is on top of the Labor Government’s record $100 million investment towards the Ice Action Plan, providing more Victorians with support to tackle this vicious drug.

Quotes attributed to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

We are committed to providing families with the services they need to help loved ones dealing with drug addiction. We will work with the local community to determine the most appropriate location for this important service’

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“We know there isn’t one fix when it comes to drugs – that’s why we are making sure people get the support they need, by supporting and creating accessible services.”

Quote attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

“This package is not just for those with a drug addiction – but will provide support for their families and loved ones also.”