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    Minister for Child Safety
    The Honourable Mike Reynolds


    Minister for Child Safety
    The Honourable Mike Reynolds

    Thursday, February 23, 2006


    Construction is ready to start on a new building that will improve the delivery of child protection services for vulnerable children and young people and their families in the Maryborough and HerveyBay areas.

    The new building, at 131 Bazaar Street, Maryborough, is being constructed by WideBay firm A&M Investment Pty Ltd and when completed, it will house the local Child Safety Service Centre for the Department of Child Safety.

    The Minister for Child Safety, Mike Reynolds and the Member for HerveyBay, Andrew McNamara today announced that the new building was one of a series being constructed throughout Queensland as part of a major government plan to boost child protection in the state.

    “The plan includes significant increases in capital funding to pay for a comprehensive expansion of Child Safety Service Centre accommodation, “Mr Reynolds said.

    “The services to be delivered from the Bazaar Street building involve child protection services, including intervention, investigation and assessment and alternate care.”

    Mr McNamara said the services will be delivered for the WideBay area including the Maryborough, HerveyBay areas, north to Howard, west to Mundubbera, and south to Curra.

    “The new offices will allow the department to deliver a more client friendly program and at the same time provide greater staff security including a closed circuit television system,” he said.

    “The building, which will accommodate up to 45 staff, is expected to be completed by the middle of this year, and will be operational by the end of September.

    “The present Maryborough Child Safety Service Centre on the corner of Adelaide and Albert Streets is shared with the area office of Disability Services Queensland which is expected to take over the space made available by the move of the child safety officers.”

    Mr Reynolds said the new building was tangible proof to the people of Maryborough, HerveyBay and the surrounding areas that the government was making good on its promise to totally reform child protection services in Queensland.

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