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    Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Queensland’s thriving communities benefit from Neighbourhood Centre investment

    Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Queensland’s thriving communities benefit from Neighbourhood Centre investment

    The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to Queensland’s Neighbourhood Centres through continued investment in these important pieces of local infrastructure.

    Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today told the Queensland Parliament in addition to investing $16.3 million per year in operating 124 neighbourhood centres across the state, the Palaszczuk Government has an extensive program of establishing new and upgrading existing neighbourhood centres in regional areas.

    “Neighbourhood Centres are places where people go to come together, and are also places where people go when they need support,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “I am pleased to report that since 1 July 2017, 11 centres across regional Queensalnd underwent upgrades and expansions totalling nearly $4 million.”

    The neighbourhood centres which have undergone upgrades include:

    • Hinchinbrook Neighbourhood Centre, Ingham;
    • Harlaxton Neighbourhood Centre;
    • Emerald Community and Youth;
    • Miles-Murilla Community Centre, Miles;
    • Stanthorpe Neighbourhood Centre;
    • Tara Neighbourhood Centre;
    • Laidley Neighbourhood Centre; and
    • Atherton Neighbourhood Centre completed on 25 June 2018.
    • East Creek Neighbourhood Centre, Toowoomba expansion and upgrade;
    • Gatton Neighbourhood Centre upgrade; and
    • Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre, Ayr due for completion in February 2019.

    “In addition to those 11 centres, on 27 June 2018, the Palaszczuk Government completed a $1.2 million major upgrade and extension of the George Street Neighbourhood Centre, Mackay,” she said.

    Minister O’Rourke also confirmed that the following regional locations will have brand new neighbourhood centres operating shortly:

    • Murgon Neighbourhood Centre worth $3.1 million, due for completion in April 2019;
    • Moranbah Youth and Community Centre worth $4.165 million, due for completion in April 2019; and
    • Thursday Island Community Hub worth $4.0 million, due for completion in December 2019.

    “I am proud of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment and investment in infrastructure across regional Queensland and especially our neighbourhood centres that play an important role in building Thriving Communities,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    For more information on how the Palaszczuk Government is building Thriving Communities across Queensland visit: https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/

    ENDS

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