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Labor councillor warns State Government over drug injecting facility plan

If the NSW Liberal Government goes ahead with plans for a drug injecting facility in Liverpool it will put it on a collision course with the local council.

According to recent media reports, the NSW health minister Brad Hazzard is refusing to rule out the placement of an injecting facility in Liverpool.

The area’s rising Labor star, Liverpool Councillor Nathan Hagarty, has today once again called on the NSW Liberal State Government to rule out such a decision.

In a move that he says reflects Liverpool City Council’s strong opposition to the proposal for an injecting facility, Cr Hagarty, pictured below, issued the following media statement:

“I once again call on the NSW Liberal State Government, in no uncertain terms, to categorically rule out a drug injecting facility in Liverpool.’’

At Liverpool Council’s February 5 meeting, Cr Hagarty also put forward a motion calling on “the State Government to immediately rule out the establishment of a medically supervised injecting facility in the Liverpool LGA”.

At the meeting, Liverpool Council reiterated its strong opposition to a drug injection room.

“Despite being given an opportunity to do so, health minister Brad Hazzard has refused to rule it out,” Councillor Hagarty said.

“No drug injecting rooms for Liverpool. Full stop.

“We won’t be Macquarie Street’s dumping ground,” he said.

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