Murgon's current neighbourhood centre, Graham House Community Centre has been servicing the community for 30 years.
Murgon's current neighbourhood centre, Graham House Community Centre has been servicing the community for 30 years. Michael Nolan

Works to commence at new community centre

MURGON residents will benefit from better access to services and support with the Palaszczuk Government investing $3.1 million into the construction and establishment of a new neighbourhood centre for Graham House.

The Graham House Community Centre is a place where all community members across generations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, can come together.

During a visit to the region this week, Minister for Communities Coralee O'Rourke inspected the site of the new centre at 21 Taylor St East, with site works expected to begin in the next week.

"Murgon's current neighbourhood centre, Graham House Community Centre, has been servicing the community for 30 years,” Mrs O'Rourke said.

"The current centre has limited space and does not have adequate disability access for clients and amenities to service staff and clients, so it's time for this community to get a bigger and better facility.”

Mrs O'Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government has committed $3.1 million for the construction of this new neighbourhood centre in addition to the $118,409 provided each year to operate the centre.

"This investment from Palaszczuk Government will allow the new neighbourhood centre to provide much needed services, support, referrals and information for vulnerable people in the region.”

The new neighbourhood centre is due for completion in April 2019.

Mrs O'Rourke said neighbourhood centres formed the fundamental base of social services infrastructure in Queensland, acting as hubs to respond to the diverse needs of vulnerable Queenslanders.

"Neighbourhood centres operate in a localised way to respond to a range of issues and opportunities,” she said.

"They have the capacity, flexibility and responsiveness to shift priorities and resources as new needs emerge.”

Mrs O'Rourke said neighbourhood centres played a vital role in local communities.

"I am proud of the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to neighbourhood centres, which are part of our plan to create thriving communities where vulnerable Queenslanders are resilient, able to participate in their communities and enjoy social and economic wellbeing.”

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