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Latest Investment To Boost Support Services And Housing In Mackay

People in Mackay in need of support and experiencing homelessness will soon be able to access better integrated housing and support services thanks to a $5.2 million upgrade to the St Vincent de Paul Society's Community Support Centre on Juliet Street.

The funding will deliver a purpose-built support centre and six new social housing units.

This project is funded by the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund – a voluntary partnership between the Queensland Government, Participating Mineral Resources Industry Parties, the Queensland Resources Council and its members.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland CEO Kevin Mercer highlighted that “This project will not only provide homes to locals experiencing or at high risk of homelessness but also deliver essential support services in the Mackay region.

“In the first year of operation, we anticipate delivering well over 7,000 instances of support, greatly increasing our capacity to assist individuals and families.

“We greatly value partnering with the State Government on the RCIF grant, allowing us to integrate both social housing and support services in one location for Mackay residents in need.  

“We look forward to the Juliet Street development becoming a place of hope and support for the Mackay community.”

Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace said that, “This funding goes towards delivering improved social housing and support services to those who need it most within the community.

“The project will provide essential support for members of the Mackay community who are either experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness.

The new support centre will be located on the ground floor, along with offices, meeting rooms and work areas, kitchen, laundry, carpark, and a one-bedroom accessible social housing unit. There will be five additional social housing units on the second floor - three two-bedroom and two one-bedroom self-contained units.

Elsewhere in the region there is $679m for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service, $57 million to maintain, upgrade, and improve schools, and $1.3 billion for the Big Build – supporting 3,400 local jobs.

Assistant Minister for State Development and Infrastructure and Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert shared her incentive on the beneficial fund and said that, “The Miles Government is committed to helping families at risk and supporting those doing it tough.

“That’s why it is so important to back organisations like Saint Vincent De Paul that do so much for our communities,” she added.

“New social housing and an upgraded Mackay Community Support Centre will provide access to much needed support services here in Mackay.”

Minister for Housing Meaghan Scanlon also emphasised that, “Upgrading this facility at Mackay means more than just a roof over their head, it’s the wraparound support to help people get back on their feet.

“We’ve made it clear through our Homes for Queenslanders plan that we’ll pull every lever possible to help Queenslanders find a place to call home.”

A new $5.2 million investment in Mackay's Community Support Centre promises integrated housing and support services, bringing hope to those in need.
Artist impression of the centre. Images supplied

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