p>Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon and Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy today officially opened the Sobering Up Shelter, Transitional After Care and Outreach Centre and Renal Unit in Tennant Creek today.
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Federal Member for Lingiari
THE HON GERRY MCCARTHY MLA
Northern Territory Member for Barkly
14 May 2012
Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon and Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy today officially opened the Sobering Up Shelter, Transitional After Care and Outreach Centre and Renal Unit in Tennant Creek today.
The Federal Government has provided $1.6 million for the construction of the Sobering Up Shelter.
“Both the Gillard and Northern Territory Government are committed to reducing the harm alcohol causes in our community,” Mr Snowdon said.
“An additional $500,000 has been provided for a Transitional After Care and Outreach Centre for people exiting intensive alcohol and other drug services in Tennant Creek.
“This service will reduce risks of injury and other harm to its clients, provide an alternative to incarceration and provide brief interventions, referral pathways and other support services as appropriate," Mr Snowdon said.
Mr McCarthy said the 16 bed facility was a critical intervention point in the overall cycle of alcohol treatment, and the Henderson Government was committed to providing recurrent funding of $400,000 a year to operate the facility.
The SUS will be open five nights per week (Tuesday to Saturday) for clients affected by alcohol and other drugs. Care, protection and a safe environment in which to sober up will be provided for adults found to be intoxicated in public.
Barkly Region Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Group (BRADAAG) will continue to provide the service for the Sobering Up Shelter and Transitional After Care Facility.
“BRADAAG works closely with Police, Community Patrols and local community services as part of the overall harm reduction strategy to address public alcohol and other drug intoxication issues,” Mr McCarthy said.
Media contact: Lidija Ivanovski 0407 108 935 (Snowdon)
Kelly Parkes 0419 409 958 (McCarthy)