A second drugs injecting room proposed for the Melbourne CBD has been opposed by community leaders and businesses, as well as the Victorian Police.
Victorian State Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), Jasmine Yuen, observed, “There have been multiple changes to the proposed site for a further drug injecting room, but there is no suitable place to introduce legalised drug taking. Initially the suggestion was the health hub near the Victoria Market, then a building opposite the Flinders Street Station, to now the Salvation Army headquarters on Bourke Street, which is just a stones throw away from restaurants, boutiques and the Parliament of Victoria. When will the government understand that no local community wants this in their neighbourhood.
“The Andrews Government long overdue report was finally presented to the government in June this year, but it has still not been released.
“Concerned Victorians are understandably asking, ‘What is the Andrews Government hiding from all Victorians about the CBD injecting room report? What is the big secret?’ Victorians are sick of being ignored.
Ms Yuen continued, “Will the government rule out the introduction of mobile injecting rooms roaming our city streets?
“In light of the failed North Richmond injecting room, the Government must come clean. Victoria belongs to all Victorians, not an increasingly aloof State Government. Victorians do not want drug injecting rooms. They want drug rehabilitation programs to help addicts get off addictive drug and live their lives to the full.”
The ACL is calling on the Victorian Government to release Ken Lay’s report, and shift their focus to holistic care, rather than perpetuating an already serious problem.