NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet today officially opened a state-of-the-art drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that will meet the growing demand for addiction services.
(left to right) NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing – Melinda Pavey, NSW Treasurer – Dominic Perrottet, Member for Coffs Harbour – Gurmesh Singh, PAYCE Foundation Director – Dominic Sullivan, Adele House Chairman – Will Morgan
The $10.6 million, 40-bed facility near Coffs Harbour, was jointly funded by the NSW Government and the PAYCE Foundation.
The $5 million NSW Government grant helped fast-track construction early last year.
The Salvation Army runs a three to six-month program at Adele House for men suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.
The new facility includes a commercial kitchen and dining area, lounge areas, treatment rooms, staff office space, a fully equipped gym and swimming pool.
“This world-class facility offers clients an opportunity to turn their lives around, with rehabilitation as well as training and work skills to get them back on their feet and contributing to society again,” Mr Perrottet said.
“It’s helping to break a destructive cycle and we know regional NSW has been particularly hard hit by ice addiction in recent years.
“It’s also a great example of what can be achieved through successful partnerships, in this case between government and the charitable and not-for-profit sectors.”
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said it’s very important to help people get back on their feet after a period of misfortune.
“Facilities like Adele House provide a vital service to our community and help for those who need it most,” Mr Singh said.
PAYCE Foundation Director Dominic Sullivan said the facility would set a new benchmark for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
“The facilities, including the gym and pool, will assist clients to improve both their physical and mental health,” Mr Sullivan said.
“There has been a significant increase in men suffering from ice addiction which is a blight on metropolitan and rural communities.
“The State Government grant meant construction could start immediately and we are now meeting that increased demand with a new, purpose-built facility.
‘’It also means more men completing a program with new work and life skills, ready to reconnect with family and make a positive contribution to society.’’
Coffs Harbour company FM Glenn Constructions built the new facility, employing more than 50 local workers.