4 AUGUST 2020 – Mr ONDARCHIE – Adjournment – My adjournment matter is to the Minister for Mental Health. It concerns the proposed drug injecting room near the Queen Victoria Market. On Friday, 5 June 2020, the Andrews Labor government announced they would build a drug injecting room at the Cohealth facility on Victoria Street in Melbourne. To open Labor’s second drug injecting centre beside one of Melbourne’s largest tourist attractions, our Queen Victoria Market, is a slap in the face to the market traders, the many small businesses and the local residents of inner Melbourne.
I have collected a petition with many hundreds of signatures calling for the reversal of this decision, and I will table that petition when we next sit. I have also received petitions from three other sources, and I thank them all. The Swanston Central apartments collected over 360 signatures, Lighthouse Apartments collected 31 signatures and Zen Apartments have 394 signatures, all wanting this government to reverse its decision on putting a drug injecting room near the Queen Victoria Market. And on 21 July the City of Melbourne passed a motion against this injecting room at the Cohealth facility. My call for action is that the minister respect the local residents, the council, the market traders and the shoppers and rule out this location near the Queen Victoria Market.