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The first sod was turned on Friday to commence construction of the Hope Restart residential centre at Lucknow.

Start for Hope Restart

Start for Hope Restart

The first sod was turned on Friday to commence construction of the Hope Restart residential centre at Lucknow.

First sod turned to commence Hope Restart Centre

New rehabilitation services to break the cycle of addiction will soon be available in Gippsland, with the official sod turning of the Hope Restart Centre, near Bairnsdale.

The centre will provide services and support for patients and their families dealing with addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

The Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the commencement of works would be a huge relief for local volunteers who had worked tirelessly to see this project start.

“The volunteer committee have been unwavering in its determination to provide this much-needed service for all Gippslanders,” Mr Chester said.

“It is an unfortunate fact of life that drug and alcohol addiction affects many people in our communities and there is a lack of services to help people when they need it most.

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“The Hope Restart Centre will provide many people each year with access to alcohol and drug rehabilitation services, reducing the burden on other service within the community.

“The centre will include 29 double rooms, courtyards, group-training rooms, a recreation room and a dining room, making it fully equipped to support people seeking treatment and their families.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the centre would increase education and job opportunities in the region.

“The project, which will support 16 jobs during construction and create 32 ongoing jobs, not only provides a crucial service to those who need help but creates opportunities for health professionals and students in the region,” Mr McCormack said.

The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($3 million), Odyssey House Victoria, Hope Restart Centre Incorporated and private donors.

The state government will provide operational funding of at least $1.8 million per year to run the centre.

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