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    Victoria will keep its supervised injecting room in North Richmond open for another three years and is set to create a second facility near Queen Victoria Market, the Government has announced.

    Key points:

    • An independent review of the North Richmond facility found it had saved at least 21 lives
    • A second room was recommended to take pressure off the existing service, which is the busiest in Australia
    • The Government's preferred site is opposite the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne's CBD

    The North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room, which started as a trial in 2018, has been a controversial issue since before its creation and has been the subject of a community campaign against the facility.

    After a two-year review of the trial, an independent expert panel recommended a second facility be set up to take pressure off the North Richmond service.

    The State Government received the review last month and has now accepted all of the report's recommendations.

    Premier Daniel Andrews announced the Government's preferred site for the second centre was the cohealth community health service on Victoria Street, opposite the historic market.

    The City of Melbourne recorded 51 heroin-related deaths between January 2015 and September 2019.

    "This is very important, because it will save lives," Mr Andrews said.

    The ABC understands key stakeholders, including the Queen Victoria Market, were not aware of the plans.

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