A VCAT decision to amend prescribed staffing levels for the Lookout Residential Rehabilitation Centre has been welcomed by the WRAD Committee of Management.

A VCAT hearing on February 25-26 was told that the prescribed staffing levels far exceeded similar residential rehabilitation centres across Victoria.

The amended staffing levels for the Lookout will provide clinical oversight and are in line with the tried and proven therapeutic community model of treatment.

WRAD’s appeal against the condition was supported by Warrnambool City Council and WRAD will now work hard to bring this important project to fruition.

“The need for this service has been well established and this decision will support clients and families who are adversely affected by alcohol and other drug problems,” WRAD Director Geoff Soma said.

“The WRAD Committee takes this opportunity to acknowledge the significant general community support for this project,” Mr Soma said.

“An overwhelming number of community organisations, service clubs as well as philanthropic trusts have got behind the Lookout and their support is appreciated”

“Our local addiction issue is a community problem and requires a community response.

“Together, the community and WRAD will forge relationships that will benefit all local residents, the facility and lead to a better outcome for us all.”

WRAD will now work with the Department of Health and Human Services and look at ways to fund the completion of this important project.