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After several years of uncertainty, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will be built at Port Augusta, South Australia. Funding was announced in 2007, but a tender process failed and no suitable site was found.
Now the Federal Government has allocated $1.5 million for a 15 bed centre aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
Member of parliament, Rowan Ramsey, is hoping it can be completed in 18 months. 'That would require some fairly fast decision-making . We know the scope of the problem, certainly there's been work done before we just need to make sure we nail the thing down now, so I haven't got a firm timeline but if we're still mucking around with this at the next election then people have every right to make a judgement on it,' he said.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous