Warrnambool City Council supported the Dennington residents' opposition to the Lookout Centre's proposed siting in Atkinson's Lane based on their own extensive research of planning and amenity issues.
Roma Britnell's comments are based on misinformation plastered around by the leading proponents of that site.
Dennington opposition want a rehab facility and are prepared to assist in getting one for this region in a place where it has a possibility of being successful. We are well aware of the proposed clientele but we also know that Atkinson's Lane cannot work because of bad planning and would severely disrupt lives and livelihoods of the neighbours.
Mrs Britnell, Mr Soma and the Steering Committee just will not listen and heed our concerns about their choice. We know the site some have lived there for generations and know what it's good for.
Richard Ziegeler, Dennington
In her comments on council refusal to place The Lookout program at Atkinsons Lane Roma Britnell discredits the risks to neighbours by saying that an addict may well be living next door anyway. Her comment is both simplistic and quite silly.
Few would be fearful of the granny next door with a dreadful Serepax addiction. Even in an extreme situation where the neighbour was an ice addict who was committing damaging criminal behaviours, then one could of course ring the police and such a person would be relocated to a secure correctional facility.
Living hard up against a large short-term residential and work-place facility in a tiny block, with some high risk participants is totally different.
Detox is rarely a once-off event and here you would be suffering a rolling series of addicts where some, every intake, month after month and year after year are vulnerable to relapse and plunging into violent and frightening behaviour.
Compare this to our neighbour who has been taken off to prison. If he relapses the next year he will be unable to maintain a hobby farm lifestyle and will again be imprisoned or will eventually drift off to live an ice addiction lifestyle with criminal associates elsewhere.
On the other hand if the courts accept his undertaking, he could be on early release and doing a short Lookout program. He will inevitably be replaced next month, in the next intake, intake after intake, year after year by another high-risk participant: an inexhaustable source of concern to residents.
This is but one reason why Atkinsons Lane (where the facility would be appallingly located, completely surrounded by a dozen private homes), has been responsibly refused by council.
Murray Kingsley, Dennington
Regarding the article about 'The Lookout' in The Standard (2/4/2019). This place should be in the town, not out at the back of the town. If you look back into the history of Warrnambool and these places in Warrnambool when Brierly psychiatric hospital was established, there was a public outcry. No-one wanted Brierly near the town. Most of the councillors were against it. Only the local member, Harry Bailey, being in favour of it, for the reason it would create employment in the town and give some care to those who needed care. The place for this facility I think is in Fairy Street where Callaghan Motors was until recently. This is an ideal location, near the railway station, the hospital, police station and coffee shops and food for the staff, also for shopping at lunchtime. I was a community visitor at Brierly and ward 9 for 10 years and had some experience in the field.
Tom Clarke, Warrnambool
The steady population growth for Warrnambool and its affordability is excellent news (The Standard 30.3.19). I grew up in the Mortlake area but all my adult working life was in Melbourne and surrounds. My retirement move to Warrnambool has been a great decision and it seems many others are doing the same.
All this raises the ongoing presence and growth of the Midfield Meat Group within our city bounds and the associated issues of this and clearly put by Erica Code in her recent letter. (The Standard 16/3/19). Surely a gradual and strategic move by Midfield to a rural green fields site is both in the interests of our city fulfilling its potential and of this expanding and predominantly abattoirs complex.
It just doesn't fit in 2019 and our Warrnambool City Council should initiate discussions with the company about these matters.
Tony Delaney, Warrnambool
Why the delay?
Why was it we had to wait until a new CEO was appointed before Warrnambool City councillors asked for a full review of all aspects of council expenditure.
Three of the councillors who voted to apply for permission to increase the rates by 2% over the next three years, have themselves been mayor of our city, some more than one term in office. Why did none of them direct the previous CEO to conduct such a review?
Does this not indicate we have had a group of councillors most of whom have not performed, in a manner expected of them under the requirements set out in the Local Government Act Victoria?
If this was a public company and the councillors were a board of directors we the shareholders would demand their resignation, so why should we the ratepayers be expected to go on accepting this?
John Colledge, Warrnambool
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