Rocky re­hab cen­tre will split sexes

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - Steph Allen Stephanie.Allen@cap­news.com.au

ROCK­HAMP­TON’S re­hab cen­tre, Gumbi Gumbi, has re­ceived $105,482 as part of the $5 bil­lion In­dige­nous Ad­vance­ment Strat­egy.

The re­hab cen­tre has been op­er­at­ing in Rock­hamp­ton for more than 20 years and has been vi­tal in pro­vid­ing the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­nity with “cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate care”.

The fund­ing from the Coali­tion will bring in­fra­struc­ture change to Rock­hamp­ton’s only 24/7 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vice us­ing a “so­phis­ti­cated pro­gram”.

As part of the In­dige­nous Ad­vance­ment Strat­egy, the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment has given $3 mil­lion over three years to Gumbi Gumbi to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate care.

“As it’s de­vel­oped, they’ve re­alised that we ac­tu­ally need a sep­a­ra­tion of the sexes be­cause we do need to deal with them sep­a­rately,” Min­is­ter for In­dige­nous Af­fairs Nigel Scul­lion said.

“And so, we need a level of amenity to do that. So, there’s some in­fra­struc­ture changes, there’s some new fit-out for the kitchen and we’re pro­vid­ing $100,000 to do that.

“They be­lieve they’re go­ing to pro­vide a much bet­ter level of ameni­ties and a much bet­ter ser­vice as con­se­quence.”

Gumbi Gumbi is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices to Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple af­fected by al­co­hol, drugs and volatile sub­stances.

“Through the In­dige­nous Ad­vance­ment Strat­egy, the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided $3 mil­lion over three years to sup­port Gumbi Gumbi to pro­vide cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate care to First Aus­tralians,” said Sen­a­tor Scul­lion.

“The Lib­eral Na­tional Coali­tion is work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land to pro­vide the ser­vices and in­vest­ment that are needed in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties – and im­por­tantly we are do­ing that in part­ner­ship with Queens­lan­ders.”

Sen­a­tor Scul­lion said Gumbi Gumbi had been suc­cess­ful in treat­ing Cen­tral Queens­lan­ders suf­fer­ing from sub­stance abuse or self-med­i­ca­tion and help­ing them get back on track in ev­ery el­e­ment of their lives through ed­u­ca­tion treat­ment, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and af­ter-care ser­vices.

Mem­ber for Capri­cor­nia Michelle Landry at­tended the re­hab cen­tre with Sen­a­tor Scul­lion and threw her sup­port be­hind the health in­fra­struc­ture.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant for a ser­vice like this where we have res­i­den­tial and non-res­i­den­tial peo­ple,” Ms Landry said.

“We have af­ter care and there’s a lot of ser­vices avail­able for the in­dige­nous peo­ple of the com­mu­nity of Rock­hamp­ton and Cen­tral Queens­land.

“I’m sure that they’ll be want­ing more money down the track.”

❝they’ve re­alised that we ac­tu­ally need a sep­a­ra­tion of the sexes.

— Nigel Scul­lion

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SPLIT DE­CI­SION: Gumbi Gumbi is in for an up­grade. Pic­tured are staff mem­ber and coun­cil­lor Frank Waters, Board chair­woman Kath Stephen­son and CEO Marc War­con with In­dige­nous Af­fairs Min­is­ter Nigel Scul­lion, Capri­cor­nia MP Michelle Landry and the LNP’s can­di­dates for Kep­pel, Peter Blun­dell, and Rock­hamp­ton, Dou­glas Rodgers.

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