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Framing is well underway as the Hope Restart Centre begins to take shape.

The slab is poured and framing is well advanced on the 3,000 square metre building.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $3.8 million to help build the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

Mr Chester said the Hope Restart Centre was a great local project that would save lives in our community.

“The Hope Restart Centre will provide a much-needed and vital service to our community by providing rehabilitation services to those affected by drug and alcohol addiction,” Mr Chester said.

“Addiction does not discriminate and most families will know of someone who is affected by the scourge of drugs.

“In addition, the Hope Restart Centre will create local jobs during construction; with Brooker Builders securing the contract for stage one.

“Once operational, the centre will also generate meaningful employment opportunities for health workers and educators, as well as support service providers.”

Mr Chester said he was pleased to see local firm Brooker Builders working on site.

“I think it is important to involve local businesses and local organisations in this project wherever possible,” Mr Chester said.

The centre is due to receive its first clients by the end of this year and will be operated by Odyssey House Victoria.

Mr Chester said progress at the Hope Restart Centre was testament to the hard work and commitment of local community volunteers.

“This is project that was started by volunteers and would not have been possible without volunteers,” Mr Chester said.

“The work of the Hope Centre board to bring this ambitious project to fruition will deliver significant benefits to the Gippsland community for many years to come.”

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