Community Services and Housing Minister Karen Struthers inspected works on the Queensland Government-funded Caloundra Community Centre in Queen Street today.
“Due for completion by the end of January 2012, this new centre will improve our capacity to provide local, accessible and responsive support services for people living in Caloundra and surrounding areas,” Ms Struthers said.
“Services currently provided through the Caloundra Neighbourhood Centre at Currimundi will move to the new centre, with extra space providing scope for services and activities to grow and expand.”
Ms Struthers said the Bligh Government would deliver funding of $210,678 a year to the Caloundra Community Centre Inc. to run a number of services from the centre.
The organisation will also work in partn ership with a number of other community agencies, including SCOPE, Interact Disability Service and the Keys to Early intervention Homelessness Service, to offer a wide range of centre-based and outreach services from the one location.
“The centre’s information and referral service will play a crucial role in helping to link vulnerable families and individuals to the right supports that meet their unique needs,” Ms Struthers said.
“Locals will also benefit from the convenience of co-located services, such as family support, including positive parenting programs, young mum’s groups and supported playgroups, as well as emergency relief services, the Older Persons Action Program, a numeracy and literacy group, and a free community legal service.
“This one-stop-shop approach enables services to be delivered in a more responsive way, while also providing opportunities for people to participate more fully in community activities.
“Community centres s uch as this are strongly aligned with our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland ambition to support safe and caring communities.”