LNP Committed to Tackling Drugs in Currumbin

15 Jul 2016 3:27 PMJann Stuckey

Recent concerns surrounding a proposed Controlled Drugs Administration Centre has prompted Currumbin MP, Jann Stuckey to speak out about the Palaszczuk Government’s lack of consultation with the community.

In a letter to the Health Minister, Ms Stuckey called for more information about the proposed centre, however the Minister was unable to provide any details about the location or commencement of this service before the submission closing date.

Ms Stuckey says it was difficult for concerned residents to make submissions before the cut-off date when the Notice of Intent was so vague that the actual location, hours of operation and type of service were absent.

“After numerous enquiries we eventually received a letter from the Minister once submissions had closed stating Queensland Health has not yet received this application, but indicated the service was a ‘dosing centre’ providing methadone and buprenorphine treatment for drug dependent patients,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Whilst this information is helpful it worries me that a decision to proceed could be made by the QHealth Chief Executive without any further consultation with the general public who have been left in the dark.

“I pride myself on making sure our community is properly consulted on matters that may impact us, however this notice lacked adequate information about this centre or the reason it is thought to be needed in the Coolangatta, Kirra, Bilinga area.

“To this I have written again to the Health Minister asking to be kept up to date on this matter,” says Ms Stuckey.

The LNP has a solid track record on drugs, through law and order measures such as policing and tougher penalties for offenders, and addiction treatment services that work.

The LNP has vowed to tackle the state’s drug and ice epidemic which is escalating under the Palasczcuk Government with a five point plan to take ice off our streets.

Jann Stuckey says “Our plan shows that the LNP is committed to tackling this scourge in our community, with initiatives such as ‘Dob in a dealer’, keeping bikie clubhouses closed and delivering properly monitored drug addiction services.

“Community involvement and understanding is the key to putting any new measures in place and that is especially true for the location of new drug dosing centres.”

[Ends] 15 July 2016