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Drug and alcohol service eyes historic Callan Park complex

A drug and alcohol service is eyeing the historic Kirkbride precinct in Rozelle’s Callan Park after the sandstone complex was finally vacated by Sydney College of the Arts last month.

NSW Water, Property and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey announced the government is taking expressions of interest for the heritage buildings in the sprawling inner-west grounds, saying the precinct’s future use would play a critical role in creation of a vibrant, urban parkland.

The NSW Government is asking for expressions of interest for the historic Kirkbride complex in Callan Park.

The NSW Government is asking for expressions of interest for the historic Kirkbride complex in Callan Park.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

We Help Ourselves executive director Garth Popple, whose organisation already runs residential rehabilitation services in Callan Park, wants to use Kirkbride for a new, non-residential drug and alcohol program. He said the plan was still in development as the full details of the EOI process hadn’t been revealed.

“Our vision is for a place where we can all work together to serve the interests of people in need. This is what Callan Park has always stood for and this is what we always respect and commit to doing on the site,” Mr Popple said.

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