New disaster support service facility opens in Ingham

Media Release


01 August 2014

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Senator for Queensland

Ingham residents now have better access to disaster support services with today's opening of the Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre's new Hub facilities.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new flood-proof Hub support centre would enable seamless service delivery to support the community in the event of a natural disaster.

“The devastation caused by Cyclone Yasi in February 2011 drew attention to the community's need for accessible disaster relief services in the event of an extreme weather event,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government invested $500,000 in the acquisition and fit out of the old Forestry Building for the Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre, which can now deliver emergency relief food support as well as emergency and long-term accommodation.”

Officially opening the new centre, Senator for Queensland Matthew Canavan said the Australian Government had worked together with the Ingham community to build the new community asset.

“The Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre provided nearly $380,000 towards establishing the new Hub facilities,” Senator Canavan said.

“The Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre Hub is a vital piece of local infrastructure and will provide long term benefits to everyone who calls the Ingham region home.”

The Australian Government will continue to support almost 300 community projects across Australia through its $314.2 million Community Development Grants programme.