Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre to continue supporting community

Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre to continue supporting community

The Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre will continue delivering vital services to the local community thanks to ongoing funding from the State Government.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the government is providing more than $124,000 annually over the next two years to Gladstone Regional Council, to deliver services through the neighbourhood centre.

“The Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre is a cornerstone of the local community, providing services and support to some of our most vulnerable local residents,” Mr Butcher said.

“We are pleased that the Gladstone Regional Council will continue as the operator of the neighbourhood centre, working in conjunction with other service providers and local support services to deliver vital community and social supports to local people.

“At the height of the pandemic in Queensland, the neighbourhood centre quickly developed and delivered an online virtual neighbourhood centre to support clients using digital technology and other forms of non-face-to-face contact.

“The centre has now resumed in-person activities and is currently coordinating a local interagency group to identify service delivery gaps in the Gladstone region.”

The centre is set to move into the new Philip Street Communities and Family Precinct and is expected to open in July.

Minister for Communities and Housing Leeanne Enoch said the State Government was continuing to invest in Queensland’s network of neighbourhood and community centres.

“Neighbourhood and community centres are a vital part of our vision for thriving communities where vulnerable Queenslanders have the opportunity to participate in their communities and enjoy social and economic wellbeing,” Minister Enoch said.

“The Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre is an excellent example of how neighbourhood and community centres work on the frontline in their communities to ensure people are supported, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When I was in Gladstone earlier this year, I saw firsthand the work that has been done on this new precinct and look forward to seeing the completed project.”

The Gladstone Neighbourhood Centre offers a central point of contact for community members to gain access to information and referrals on a wide range of human and social services including emergency relief providers, financial counselling and education, health providers, Women’s Health, NDIS providers and substance abuse support.

It has recently supported a garden transformation project working with young local people, established a financial resilience working group, delivered a roads education program, and compiled a welcome pack for new residents to the Gladstone Region.

For more information on the centre contact Council’s Community Engagement Centre on 4976 6300.