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New Primary Health Care Facility in Redfern Welcomed

REDwatch issued a Media Statement in response to the Premier's initial announcement of a new medical centre for Lawson Street Redfern on 24th October 2004.

REDwatch Media Statement

New Primary Health Care Facility in Redfern Welcomed

A meeting of REDwatch today welcomed the announcement of a new primary health care facility in Lawson St Redfern, and the extension of drug and alcohol support services to the area. 

REDwatch spokesperson, Geoff Turnbull, said,

“This announcement demonstrates that the Carr Government is finally facing up to the very real drug and alcohol issues in Redfern and are beginning to provide drug users with the support services they require.”

“REDwatch believe that issues of drug and alcohol abuse must be addressed as a health issue. This new centre hopefully signals the State Governments commitment to working with the community and providing drug users with the support they require.”

“As the Upper House Inquiry has noted, to be successful this new centre needs to be part of a broader consultation and community education campaign to ensure it has support of the broader Redfern community”.

“Of course, the details of the plan need to be examined, such as the exact location, the process of community consultation and the range of services provided. This area has been subject of numerous consultations, plans and inquiries. It is vital that the plan build on the work of the Upper House Inquiry, the Redfern Partnership Project, existing service providers, such as the Aboriginal Medical Service and other stakeholders.”

REDwatch is a residents group covering Redfern Eveleigh Darlington and Waterloo (the same area covered by the Premiers’ Department Redfern Waterloo Partnership Project). REDwatch monitors the activities of the RWPP, the RED strategy and its other programs and seeks to ensure community involvement in all decisions made about the area. REDwatch meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at the Redfern Community Centre at 2:00pm

Further Information Contact:

Geoff Turnbull 02 9318 0824                    Email: turnbullfamily@stassen.com.au
Ben Spies-Butcher 0414 744 758
C/- PO Box 1567
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Ph Wk: 9318 0824