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A contract has been signed to convert a former immigration detention centre in Port Augusta, South Australia, into a long-awaited rehabilitation centre for Aboriginal people.
The Director of the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia, Scott Wilson, says the former detention centre will be used as an alcohol and other drug rehabilitation facility for Aboriginal people in the region.
However, Port Augusta's Aboriginal Community Engagement Group Co-Chairman, Aaron Stuart, says Aboriginal people do not like the centre's location, near a hotel. He says it is too tempting for recovering alcohol and other drug users. 'I can see this failing in the next three to four years and once again have another white elephant and the Aboriginal people of Port Augusta will get the blame,' he said.
However, Mr Wilson says it is the best option. 'The issue for us was to still press ahead and secure a site rather than potentially lose a site as well as funding down the track,' he said.
It is hoped the centre will open in September.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous