Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre

OFFICIAL: The Ellis Close Detention Facility has officially been named the location for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation centre. Port Augusta City Mayor Sam Johnson is pictured at the site when it was vacated in January of this year.

OFFICIAL: The Ellis Close Detention Facility has officially been named the location for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation centre. Port Augusta City Mayor Sam Johnson is pictured at the site when it was vacated in January of this year.

A long-awaited drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will officially be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta.

The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council of South Australia (ADAC) made the official announcement on Wednesday.

Consortia behind the project originally registered their interest in the Ellis Close site with the Commonwealth in April and have since been awaiting the green light.  

Aboriginal Family Support Services and the Aboriginal Health Council of SA  joined forces to establish the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation service for the north west region of SA.

The confirmation has arrived after many months of deliberation and consultation and scrutiny from local Aboriginal representative groups. 

The facility has been specifically funded as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service, however, ADAC director Scott Wilson said the service wouldn't discriminate against non-Aboriginal family or partners of patients. 

The 12-bed, 24-hour facility will provide accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and family.

The 12-week program, using a therapeutic community approach, will include counselling, programs and activities to help people make the right choices and reduce their alcohol and drug use.  

A naming competition is also being held for the new service, with the winner being awarded a prize to the value of $1,000.

To enter the naming competition, head to www.adac.org.au. 

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