UPDATE | Music Bowl Site Firms For Rocky Rehab Centre
Rockhampton’s new $14.3 million residential detox and rehabilitation facility is firming to go on the city’s former music bowl site.
Member for Keppel and Assistant Education Minister Brittany Lauga told Parliament this week the re-opened negotiations are underway with the Rockhampton Regional Council to settle on land at the rear of the music bowl site.
“The details are being finalised and a revised business case is being developed.
“I want to assure everyone that all involved parties are genuinely working hard to make the music bowl site viable.
“Queensland Health has also given the commitment to consult with the community about this proposed site.
“I won’t stop until I have delivered this important health facility for our community.”
Mrs Lauga slammed One Nation and the LNP for playing politics with this critical health facility, and urged them to support her work towards its construction.
“I’m incredibly disappointed with the way in which the LNP and One Nation have turned the proposed new detox and rehabilitation centre into a political grandstanding opportunity rather than giving their support to a much-needed community health facility.
“Only the Palaszczuk Labor Government went to the last Queensland election committing to a detox and rehabilitation facility in CQ.
“No other party or candidate has ever committed to a facility like this in Central Queensland. Only Labor will deliver this facility in Rockhampton.”
She said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to the Rockhampton project and confirmed there has been no further work on the initial Birkbeck Drive site.
Mrs Lauga said Queensland Health has also undertaken initial assessments of the potential suitability of alternative sites proposed by some people who attended the recent meeting with Riverside residents.
“My fight for this facility started years ago when I first met parents and grandparents at an Ice Supporting Families Capricorn Coast meeting.
“I later introduced the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to several of the women from the group at a meeting with them and the Premier subsequently held Queensland’s first Ice Summit in Rockhampton in 2017.
“It was at that summit where we heard from hundreds of participants about the need for an ice, alcohol and other drugs detox and rehabilitation centre in Central Queensland.
“It was the most important issue raised by participants at the summit.”
She said the Palaszczuk Government was building this rehabilitation facility so that when the time comes (for addicts), there is help available – close to home and support networks, with doctors, nurses and trained professional staff.
“Our Central Queensland community desperately needs this facility.”