Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

Funds announced for methadone clinic relocation study

Thursday May 17, 2012

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP announced today that the NSW Government is currently undertaking a study into the feasibility of relocating the St Marys Methadone Clinic.

The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health and the Hon. Kevin Humphries, Minister for Mental Health and Healthy Lifestyles, advised Mrs Davies that following representations from her and members of the local community, the Government would provide the $50,000 needed to undertake the feasibility study.

"The feasibility study is part of the process which must be followed to ensure that a well informed decision can be made about the location of the clinic"

"I receive constant requests from the community and business owners to relocate the clinic" Mrs Davies said.

"While the funding announcement is a positive outcome, there is still no guarantee that the clinic will be relocated."

The study will examine a range of issues and whether moving the clinic is feasible.

Mrs Davies said that this was the latest step in an ongoing campaign to relocate the methadone clinic.

After representations on behalf of the community to the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health an amenity committee was formed to address the community's immediate concerns as well as examine the option for relocating the clinic. The committee includes Tanya Davies MP along with representatives from NSW Ministry of Health, St Marys LAC, St Marys Town Centre Management, Penrith City Council and the Methadone Clinic Licensee and a methadone client.

Mrs Davies has also met with the Treasurer to lobby for the methadone clinic's relocation.