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Tuesday, 27 March 1973
Page: 677

The Clerk - A petition has been lodged by Mr Lynch as follows and a copy of the petition will be referred to the appropriate Minister:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned electors of the Division of Flinders respectfully showeth:

That concern is felt by electors in the said Division of Flinders at the closing of 'Maryport', the former rehabilitation centre at Mt Martha, because:

1.   The closing was unnecessary and unwarranted and, therefore, against the best interests of the whole community;

2.   The closing has meant loss of employment, and therefore financial loss, for a number of people living on the Mornington Peninsula;

3.   'Maryport' offered rehabilitation training in a peaceful and picturesque setting considered by, staff members to have been conducive to the physical and mental recovery of the many people treated at the centre; and

4.   The constantly-expanding population of the Mornington Peninsula, and the growing number of disabled, will create demands for rehabilitative services which can best be met through the reopening of 'Maryport'; and

5.   A need already exists on the Mornington Peninsula for training centres for long-term, slowlearner and handicapped patients.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to restore and improve 'Maryport', to allow it to re-open as quickly as possible so that it might resume its vital work.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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