$290,000 boost for community hub

Published 7:00am 17 September 2021

Words by Nick Crockford

Caboolture disability support organisation Better Together has received more than $290,000 to accelerate construction of a centre for people with a disability.

The Better Communities Hub project will see a large empty shed at the back of PCYC Caboolture, in Toovey St, converted into a two-level multi-purpose space.

It will have a reception, waiting areas, offices, security, lifts and meeting and breakout rooms.

Job readiness training programs, most for those with a disability but some for disadvantaged people in this region, are currently being developed.

Extremely grateful

Funding of $291,920 has come through the Queensland Government’s Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership (CIIP) program.

Pending development application approval, the hub should be ready by July 2022.

“We are extremely grateful to the state government for investment partnership funding, welcoming the opportunity to build the Better Communities Hub in Caboolture,” Better Together Manager Amie Storer said.

“We are looking forward to working collaboratively with many different organisations in the Moreton Bay region to support people with job readiness training, reducing social isolation and increases employment especially for people with a disability”.

Job ready

Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Steven Miles said the CIIP was investing in social infrastructure to boost services for communities hit by COVID-19 and create local jobs.

“COVID-19 impacted the delivery of job-readiness training, social group activities and employment options for people with a disability,” Mr Miles said.

“Investing in the development of the two-level purpose-built hub will allow Better Together and other community organisations to deliver these services.

“Operating in partnership with Caboolture Community Work Co-operative, Caboolture Disability Support Network, Designer Life Training, Major Training, and Aspire to Succeed, Better Together will look to form new partnerships once construction is completed."

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