Community submissions for the planning permit for The Lookout have closed

THE Warrnambool City Council has confirmed there is 39 objections to the proposed Lookout residential rehabilitation facility at Dennington.

Public submissions on the planning permit closed on Friday.

“To date council has received 39 objections and one letter of support (from Moyne Shire) to the planning permit for 43 Atkinsons Lane, Dennington,” a council spokesman said.

“The council is currently waiting on approval of the Cultural Heritage Management Plan from Aboriginal Victoria. Once received, the application is able to progress through the statutory planning process.” 

The spokesman said the number of objections required the matter to now be progressed to a council meeting for determination. 

The Lookout is a residential alcohol and other drug centre and there has been backlash from some members of the Dennington community, who do not want the proposed centre in the town.

Residents have raised concerns about security and the suitability of the site.

Western Region Alcohol and other Drug Centre has held three community meetings to address residents concerns.

Director Geoff Soma said at the last meeting WRAD had invested resources and time “to carefully address some of the questions that had been raised by residents”.

“We are keen to work with the community on whatever it is they want clarified,” he said. “My door is always open.

“We have a detailed manangement plan we believe is a good one and addresses some of the concerns.” 

People can also ask questions at or ring WRAD direct.