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The Glen Rehabilitation Centre in jeopardy

Date posted: 12 August 2014

The future of The Glen Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Rothbury, New South Wales (NSW), is in jeopardy because a not-for-profit company owned by the Federal Government intends to sell the property, Chief Executive Officer, Joe Coyte, said.

Mr Coyte said Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) senior officials revealed their plans to him during a meeting in Canberra in July 2014. He said they would not extend their lease past the end of June 2015.

But an AHL spokeswoman yesterday denied the independent company, which operates 'at arm's length' from the federal government, had decided to sell.

Mr Coyte said the officials told him they did not want to shut the centre out and they needed to obtain market value for the property.

The Glen has run an 18-bed rehabilitation centre at the Talga Road site rent-free since 2001, and helped thousands of men recover from their addictions and re-enter society through transition programs.

Mr Coyte said it had nowhere to go if the property was sold and the non-government organisation did not have enough money to pay $100,000 a year to rent a similar facility.

The centre is the largest rehabilitation centre for Aboriginal men in NSW and has at least 50% of Aboriginal clients at any one time.

Mr Coyte said reducing services at a smaller property, if one were available, would only increase the waiting list. 'If someone comes to us with a drug or alcohol problem and is seeking help they need to be accommodated as soon as possible, we can't say to them that they have to wait a few months,' Mr Coyte said.

Source: Newcastle Herald


Last updated: 27 August 2014
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