Community hub and food centre opens on Sunshine Coast

Thousands of Sunshine Coast families are set to benefit from the new Gateway Community Hub and completed Food Centre Enhancement project which is set to open its doors tomorrow.

The upgraded community centre provides programs and services to the local Caloundra community and aims to bring people together to alleviate hardship.

The $800,000 project has delivered an upgraded Gateway Community Hub and precinct with a refurbished refreshment area, expanded food retail distribution outlet and warehouse renovations, including a new commercial kitchen, shopping outlet and upgraded facade.

The Australian Government committed $600,000 toward the project, which will allow the centre to operate through three warehouses, increasing its capacity six-fold and doubling their ability to support vulnerable families.

Gateway Care has become a resource to multiple Australian charities and community group partners.

The upgrades to the Community Hub, including the additional warehouse space, will increase their ability to salvage unwanted food produce from multiple supermarket chains.

Five jobs were supported during construction of this project, with 16 ongoing roles created in the new centre.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Education, Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm:

“The Australian Government is committed to driving economic growth and building stronger communities. This project doesn’t just deliver critical infrastructure and services, it will also help those that need it most.

“These upgraded facilities will provide support directly to families in crisis and community groups that embrace social inclusion and work hard to ensure our most vulnerable are cared for.

“The Albanese Government is proud to have supported this project and see the new community centre up and running, and ready to help families in need.”