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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    $1 million funding for Salvation Army Townsville rehabilitation facility

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    $1 million funding for Salvation Army Townsville rehabilitation facility

    A new alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation facility will be built in Townsville after a $1 million funding boost from the Palaszczuk Government to cover remaining capital costs.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today announced that the government would fund the shortfall in estimated capital works for the proposed Stage 1 development in Garbutt.

    The Townsville Recovery Service, run by The Salvation Army, currently provides 37 beds to support men, women and youth suffering from drug, alcohol and gambling addiction.

    The one-off grant provides the last of the $4.5 million needed to move the service from its current site and expand it to include 52 beds.

    “I want to thank Member for Townsville Scott Stewart for his tireless advocacy for this project,” Mr Dick said.

    “I am delighted that this new centre is expected to create 55 full-time jobs - 40 new jobs during the construction period and a further 15 once opened.

    “This will be a welcome boost for the local economy and is great news for the Townsville community which has recently been doing it tough amid employment loss.

    “The Salvation Army has a long track record of success with regard to provision of recovery services.

    “Facilities like these ease the burden not only on our healthcare system but also on our judicial system, and they reduce the costs associated with lost productivity, work absenteeism, hospitalisation and criminality.

    “This project is a strong step towards easing the pressure experienced across frontline health services in Townsville due to alcohol and drug use, improving the working lives of local frontline health workers.”

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the centre’s expansion spelt a win for the Townsville community.

    “Once I heard about the funding situation for this important project I knew I had to push to secure the additional money to get this centre happening for my local area,” he said.

    “Alcohol and drug abuse has a huge impact on families and communities and a residential rehab facility like this would help individuals and families in Townsville with effective strategies in dealing with this situation.

    “I took the funding case up with the Minister and he understood the value this facility could add to the Townsville community.

    “I’m proud to be part of a government that not only listens to the needs of communities, but takes action to make happen important projects that they know will make a real difference to Queenslanders.”

    Freedom Campaign chair and Parkside Development director Peter Tapiolas said the Townsville community is rallying behind the project and understood the lives that will be changed through this investment.

    “Addiction is a problem affecting individuals and families from all walks of life,” he said.

    “We want to see this centre bring hope where it’s needed most in this community and we can only do this with the generous support of everyone working together.”

    The centre will support ongoing and new employment locally as well as supporting jobs in other regional not-for-profits and educational institutions through partnerships and referrals.

    It will also support the return to productive contribution to the community through its work to rehabilitate clients and re-engage them with employment.

    Between June 2012 and June 2015, 152 people were treated at the Townsville Recovery Service each year.

    Of these, about 85 per cent gained employment within six months of completing the program.

    The expanded centre is due to open in early 2017.

    The total costs of the expansion include $3 million in capital costs and $1.5 million in operational costs.

    The funding allocation for capital costs supports the Palaszczuk Government's Accelerated Works Program to create jobs and fast-track a range of existing proposed capital works projects announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last month.


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