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Yarra Mayor joins calls for Medically Supervised Injection Centre in North Richmond
09 February 2017
Yarra City Council Mayor, Councillor Amanda Stone, has signed an open letter to the Victorian Parliament calling for a trial of Medically Supervised Injection Centre (MSIC) in North Richmond.
The letter, published in the Herald Sun today, contains 48 signatories from key sectors of the Victorian community for a trial of an MSIC in North Richmond.
Signatories include the Salvation Army, Anglicare, Ambulance Employees, Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, other medical experts, Victorian Trades Hall Council, nurses, youth and health services, and leading drug agencies.
Cr Stone said the open letter calls on the Parliament of Victoria to support the trial – or more lives will be lost.
“International evidence, as well as the findings from evaluations of Australia’s only MSIF in NSW, tells us that MSIFs save lives. They are also effective in reducing the number of discarded needles and syringes in local streets and the frequency of public witnessing of injecting drug use and overdoses.
“These issues have been plaguing Victoria Street, North Richmond and Abbotsford for well over a decade and are of great concern to local residents, businesses and Council.
“Council has supported and advocated for a safe injecting facility in the area for many years. We believe that a multi-faceted approach, including a MSIF, health and education programs, urban renewal, community partnerships and law enforcement, is needed to achieve a safer and more liveable environment on Victoria Street.
“Addressing the issues on Victoria Street will take a collaborative effort from all levels of government, Victoria Police, health service providers and the community. That’s why we recently launched Reimagining Victoria Street, a major community engagement project, which begins a dialogue with our community and stakeholders about the challenges and potential solutions for Victoria Street.
“We encourage anyone who lives, works or visits in Victoria Street to share their experiences and ideas – there are many ways to get involved including online and at our community listening posts. It’s only by everyone pooling their ideas, efforts and resources that a long term solution will be found,” said Cr Stone.
View the Open Letter here: Herald Sun Open Letter 9 February 2017 (50.22 KB)
View statistics supporting the trial of a MSIF (provided by the Australian Drug Foundation): Alcohol and Drug Foundation - Statistics MSIF 2017 (25.80 KB)
Reimagining Victoria Street – Get Involved
We want to hear about your experiences of living, working and visiting Victoria Street and the surrounding area, and your ideas for making it a safer, more attractive and welcoming place for all.
There are many ways you can get involved:
In person - Speak to Council Officers in person at one of our pop-up listening posts. Visit us at the corner of Victoria Street and Nicholson Street (outside Quint Café) at the following times:
(Vietnamese and Chinese interpreters will be available)
- Saturday 18 February, from 10am to 12pm
- Wednesday 22 February, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Online – www.yoursayyarra.com.au/victoriastreet
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 9205 5555
Post - Yarra City Council, PO Box 168, Richmond 3121
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