Milbi boss wants to clear the air

THE head of an indigenous detox centre near Rockhampton has invited neighbours who have objected to expansion plans to a clear-the-air meeting.

Lloyd Willie, who runs Milbi at Etna Creek, says he wants to invite the centre's neighbours to contact him so there can be “communication, mediation and reconciliation” before councillors meet to decide the fate of a planning application on Tuesday.

Mr Willie said yesterday he had been surprised by the intensity of the objections to proposals to develop the centre.

But his offer of talks was dismissed yesterday evening by one of the protest group's delegates.

Trevor Rufus, who presented the objector's case to councillors last Tuesday, said he thought it was a ruse to give an impression there would be a stricter regime.

He said people who lived near the centre had no faith that there was a will to change.

Last Tuesday a large crowd gathered at Rockhampton Regional Council where a delegation told councillors why they should reject a plan to expand the centre which treats people for alcohol and substance abuse.



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