Push to relocate methadone clinic

THE St Marys methadone clinic will be on the agenda when Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies sits down with Health Minister Jillian Skinner later this month.

They will discuss the results of a study held last year to examine the relocation of the Queen Street clinic.

An amenity committee, led by the health ministry and involving local representatives including Mrs Davies, was set up to address concerns over the privately-owned facility.

She is hoping the relocation will happen and will put forward her case on the community's behalf at the committee meeting.

"Potential relocation is up for debate but nothing is settled," Mrs Davies told the Star.

"I've always said it should be in a hospital precinct, where clients have access to services in a hospital."

She believes the relocation of the clinic would attract more people to Queen Street.

"The clinic brings a bad name to St Marys," she said.

"We need to change that image to draw more businesses to the area. It would also give the community, especially young people, a greater sense of security."

A spokeswoman from the minister's office said the amenity committee aimed to reduce or eliminate community concerns associated with the clinic.

"The feasibility study and the report of the committee which included community consultation are being considered by the Health Ministry," " the spokeswoman said.

The clinic's fate was due to be decided late last year .

Mrs Davies has called on the community to be patient.

"Every time I'm at the station people raise it with me," she said.

"It's a long process that needs to be dealt with properly."

She said the outcome of her meeting with Ms Skinner will determine the next step.

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