Women’s care facility proposed for Mount Duneed

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A planning amendment that allows for a women-only community care accommodation facility to be built in Mount Duneed will be put on display for community feedback.

Amendment C401 seeks to pave the way for the proposed centre on vacant Farming Zoned land at 120 Russells Road, by including the land in Clause 51.01 “Specific Sites and Exclusions”.  The proposal would be subject to detailed conditions.

Not-for-profit organisation Foundation 61 wants to run the facility for up to eight women to live in at one time, supported by three staff members.

There’s an unmet demand for such women-only residential facilities in the Greater Geelong region.

The semi-rural location could boost success rates for residents, by providing an environment free of distractions.

Community Care Accommodation such as rehabilitation facilities are not allowed to be built on Farming Zoned land. However, the site in question - once home to a church - is not used for farming and is surrounded by a recreation reserve.

The facility would be separate from the current men’s facility run by the same organisation on Williams Road, Mount Duneed.

Amendment C401 will be exhibited in October/November 2019, subject to authorisation from the Minister for Planning.

Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor

Foundation 61 is doing great work in our community tackling the complex issue of drug and alcohol addiction. Residential services that specifically support women are sorely lacking in our region.

The vacant land has great potential to help vulnerable women recover in a safe and supportive environment, away from negative distractions.

Councillor Pat Murnane - Kardinia ward

Unfortunately, the Geelong region does not have enough residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities to service the high-demand in the community and the cost is out of reach for most people, therefore treatment is often not sought.

Geelong is fortunate to have Foundation 61 in our region, as it is offering an affordable option and achieving great outcomes for its guests. The organisation’s favourable success rate is a result of focusing on reconnecting people with their families and the community, as well as upskilling individuals to achieve employment once they are ready to re-join society and give back to the community.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 11 September 2019