SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: Australia's only Narconon rehab center loses zoning fight - 2015-02-05
The Australian community of Warburton, in the state of Victoria east of Melbourne, has won its struggle to keep a Scientology drug rehab facility from moving into town, and now Scientology's Narconon network finds its only Australian facility on the brink of oblivion.
Here in the U.S., Narconon centers around the country have been the subject of investigations and lawsuits after several patient deaths in recent years. What was once one of Scientology's most reliable money makers, endorsed by its celebrity members like Kirstie Alley, Tom Cruise, and John Travolta, has turned into one of the organization's biggest headaches.
In Australia, a "Narconon Melbourne" facility has operated for 12 years in a remote location some 15 kilometers east of the town of Warburton in a structure known as O'Shannassy Lodge (see photo, above). But the Scientology umbrella group that oversees the Narconon system, known as the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), bought a parcel of land closer in to town, and applied for a zoning permit to move the rehab facility.