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Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria)

A 30-bed alcohol and other drugs residential rehabilitation centre for the Hume region will be built in Wangaratta.

The announcement came in yesterday’s state budget with Wangaratta one of three regional centres chosen to share in the $40 million funding.

For members of the Local Drug Action Team and the families who have loved ones affected by alcohol and other drugs desperate for a local residential rehabilitation centre, it was the news they had been waiting for.

Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria), who has advocated for Wangaratta to be the location of the new centre in the Hume region, was also overjoyed.

“Given the people of Wangaratta’s passion for addressing this blight on their community and their willingness to open their arms to help those affected, I always thought Wangaratta was the best community for this centre and also for its central geographical location,” Ms Symes told the Wangaratta Chronicle.

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