CONSTITUENCY QUESTION ON HIGHTON MENTAL HEALTH COMPLEX

My constituency question is for the Minister for Planning and concerns the planning amendment made last October which provided community care accommodation exemptions from the requirement of planning permits.

Benefiting from these changes is the Haven Foundation, who intend to construct a mental health complex in Highton, Geelong.

Like all members in this place, I believe that providing adequate support and treatment for people with mental illness is of utmost importance.

The Haven Foundation is one of many commendable organisations in our state that provides accommodation.

Preserving the character and security of local communities is also important.

The exemptions produced last year disadvantage local communities by denying them the consultation they deserve with regard to the construction of community care accommodation, such as the facility in Highton.

So I ask the minister why he believes that local communities should be denied consultation prior to the construction of facilities that may have the potential to alter the character and nature of their neighbourhoods.

5 June 2019