The consultation process will consider drug activity and harms, existing health and social services, safety and amenity, transport options, policing and infrastructure requirements.

The Victorian Government has engaged former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay AO APM to lead the consultation process for a second Supervised Injecting Room (SIR), to be based in the City of Melbourne.

Mr Lay will work with health and drug reform experts to analyse data and evidence on drug harms within the City of Melbourne and oversee a public community engagement process, seeking the views of all interested parties on the preferred site.

On 5 June, the Government accepted all the recommendations made by the Independent Review Panel into Victoria’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Room.

Mr Lay will present a report to the Minister for Mental Health by the end of 2020.

This included a recommendation to establish a second site in the City of Melbourne, where tragically 51 Victorians died of heroin-related causes between January 2015 and September 2019 and which has the second highest ambulance attendances for heroin overdoses after the City of Yarra.  

The second SIR site will help take pressure off the current North Richmond service, reduce the burden on ambulance and hospital service and most importantly save lives.