Residential Drug Rehabilitation & Mental Health Facility for the Valley

"Ice Grannies current affair story"

Dear Daniel Andrews,

We in the Latrobe Valley have consistently recorded the highest level of psychological and social stress levels in the state. Yet since the demolition of the old Hobsons Park facility in Traralgon we have had only emergency-short stay psychiatric facilities.

The advent of social calamities like the privatisation of the SEC and now the world transition away from our traditional work forms in the region have left a community reeling. While we are resilient, we can only handle so much on our own, especially when govt departments are lured into putting disadvantaged persons into our now cheap housing.

Examples like the "Ice Grannies current affair story"  shown on national television today are not the norm for our population but are becoming a more common sight on our streets.

Some will say this is a crime problem but in reality we all know the war on drugs approach failed long ago. It is now a health problem and requires a health response.

We thank you for our Health Innovation Zone, the only one in the country. The Health Innovation Zone came out of the recommendations of the Hazelwood inquiries, we ask only for the facilities to deal with the problems that face us.

We the undersigned people of the Latrobe Valley and surrounds call for the Andrews Government to fund and create a residential drug and mental health rehabilitation center in the Latrobe Valley.

Who's signing

Graeme Wilson
Malcolm McKelvie
Ian Cannon
Naomi Murphy
Linda Barraclough
Samantha Brick
Patricia Hooker
Phil Jackson
Steve Bartel
Rachael Deering
Rose Horvat
Greg Pringle
Ian Boyd
Rowan White
Suz Anstis
Beryl Stevens
Roulla Charilaou
Sue McCracken
Colleen Robinson
Anne Brennan
Bert Tina Devries
Den Lim
David Hollis
Kate Jackson
Eric Seegers
Nicole Macaulay
Christine sculley
Rosemary Dunworth
426 signatures

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Showing 323 reactions

  • Graeme Wilson
    signed 2018-11-19 08:53:15 +1100
    The Victorian State and indeed the entire country have lived off the back of the cheap power produced in the Latrobe Valley since the 1920’s. Yet the workers and people that live here are treated as second class. Just because political seats are safe we get last pick at everything. Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong have nowhere near the natural attractions that are within a short distance of the Valley yet are being touted as rural hubs. The press lives off the negative image that comes with the lack of health and policing support that is needed to transition the Valley to a prosperous thriving modern economy in the future. Do not just focus on the Valley during the election, invest now to build a dynamic alternative for people to live in.
  • Malcolm McKelvie
    signed 2018-10-16 20:38:58 +1100
    We definitely need to change the focus of drug use from a criminal problem to a health problem. Mental health support, community programs, safe drug use projects like injecting rooms are all examples that show we prioritise community and people and safety. Filling prisons with people with mental health problems who have turned to drugs is costing our society dearly.
  • Ian Cannon
    signed 2018-10-09 16:18:34 +1100
    Ian Cannon
  • Naomi Murphy
    signed 2018-10-08 06:30:45 +1100
  • Linda Barraclough
    signed 2018-10-07 22:12:54 +1100
    Desperately needed.
  • Samantha Brick
    signed 2018-08-18 09:17:48 +1000
    Rehab for people impacted by drugs close to their families will have the best results. There are currently too few drug rehab and mental health beds available and families and the community continue to suffer while waiting.
  • Patricia Hooker
    signed 2018-08-10 00:27:51 +1000
    My daughter and son in law have had a difficult time in Morwell.

    My son in law comes from there and took my daughter there two years ago.

    She got on the ice addiction due to him and they lost their three children to the Morwell DHHS.

    On the 18th of July this year, my daughter disappeared suddenly which is highly unusual for her.

    Now I am searching for my missing daughter while DHHS are playing games with my grandchildren.

    Of course, I want to see the community of Morwell help those who hate being on this drug but can’t see their way out of this. I would rather give support rather than sit and do nothing.
  • Phil Jackson
    signed 2018-08-03 13:19:10 +1000
  • Steve Bartel
    signed via 2018-07-12 19:04:51 +1000
    This clearly needs to happen. I’ve been through addiction and the help and rehabs just arnt there. If you do manage to find one hours away be prepared to wait about 6 months probably more. I live in Albury/Wodonga and drugs are a huge problem here on the border. No rehab anywhere near here. Its a shame because a lot of people need help. All drugs are rampant here…
  • Rachael Deering
    followed this page 2018-07-12 13:46:33 +1000
  • Rachael Deering
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-12 13:45:49 +1000
    Sign the petition: Residential Drug Rehabiliation & Mental Health Facility in the Valley
  • Rachael Deering
    signed via 2018-07-12 13:44:59 +1000
    There definitely needs to be more help for those in desperate need of help. I’m In Albury and there needs to be help here too. But when you can’t even see a counsellor or go to a mental health facility, NO ONE CAN BE TREATED.

    Matters get worse and worse… they don’t get better.

    Especially when you are sitting on the sidelines just watching the devastation and the loss of some ones life and family.

    When people take ice, they loose everything. Their self worth, family, friends, children and then they may even loose their lives.

    One hit and you can become an addict instantly.

    Seriously people, please don’t discriminate those who have no chance without proper help.
  • Rose Horvat
    signed 2018-07-09 20:02:45 +1000
  • Greg Pringle
    signed 2018-07-08 18:29:16 +1000
    I currently suffer from PTSD from firefighting, and I’ve found first hand that there are little support outlets.
  • Ian Boyd
    signed 2018-06-25 17:11:04 +1000
  • Rowan White
    signed 2018-06-19 19:00:26 +1000
    Rowan White


    Victoria owes all of its citizens the best of care, and those of the La Trobe Valley a particular debt of gratitude for powering our stare fot so long. The least we can do is see them generously through the necessary energy transition.
  • Suz Anstis
    signed 2018-05-04 21:30:24 +1000
  • Beryl Stevens
    signed 2018-04-30 09:52:07 +1000
  • Roulla Charilaou
    signed 2018-04-30 08:06:48 +1000
    My elderly parents and siblings live in Traralgon. Time to give residents of the valley much needed help
  • Sue McCracken
    signed 2018-04-27 13:56:34 +1000
  • Colleen Robinson
    signed 2018-04-23 11:39:45 +1000
  • Anne Brennan
    signed 2018-04-21 15:08:29 +1000
  • Bert Tina Devries
    signed 2018-04-21 11:49:01 +1000
  • Den Lim
    signed 2018-04-20 23:13:12 +1000
  • David Hollis
    signed 2018-04-20 15:49:31 +1000
    We need a residential facility here.
  • Kate Jackson
    signed 2018-04-19 22:00:23 +1000
  • Eric Seegers
    signed 2018-04-18 08:24:15 +1000
  • Nicole Macaulay
    signed 2018-04-18 00:07:28 +1000
  • Christine sculley
    signed 2018-04-17 21:07:57 +1000
  • Rosemary Dunworth
    signed via 2018-04-17 20:34:34 +1000