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Tenders called for contractor to build Aboriginal alcohol and other drug retreat

Date posted: 20 August 2014

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government is taking steps to build an Aboriginal bush retreat for alcohol and other drug rehabilitation near Tharwa.

Expressions of interest are being called for a head contractor to undertake construction of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm.

The retreat, being built on a property on Paddy's River Road, is envisioned as a therapeutic community that reconnects participants with their land and culture to foster rehabilitation. It will work with young people away from 'the temptations of the city' with a strong focus on Aboriginal spirituality and principles.

Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, said the Government was committed to building the healing farm. 'Certainly it is an issue the elected body have raised with me at every meeting we've had and, in a sense, they have been deeply frustrated by the slow progress,' he said. 'I'm certainly keeping a close eye on it both as the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and the Minister for Corrective Services. It will play an important role in reducing recidivism but also in providing for young indigenous men an alternative pathway to going to jail, where of course indigenous Australians continue to be massively over-represented.'

The land is managed by ACT Health, which will supply an on-site manager.

Source: Canberra Times

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