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Council backs plan to expand Urangan Community Centre

3 December 2019

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has backed a move to significantly increase the size of the Urangan Community Centre to increase the range of community support services being provided.

At a special meeting today (Tuesday, December 3), Council agreed to provide $200,000 towards the redevelopment, subject to the project successfully attracting a State Government grant.

“The Council funding commitment shows we support the project, and will bolster the Urangan Neighbourhood Centre Management Committee’s application for up to $1m from the Queensland Government to expand the facility,” Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said.

The centre currently provides playgroups, family support services, aged and disability services, respite care, multicultural services, free legal advice, divorce workshops, emergency relief, meals and care packages.

The expansion would allow the centre management committee to move into wellness and wellbeing services.

Wellness and wellbeing services would include integrated family support services, domestic violence services, support and self-help groups, seniors’ activities, community learning and information sessions and well as active outdoor wellness programs for all ages.

While Council owns the building, the building and services on offer are managed by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

“The existing centre has reached capacity and needs to room to grow to cater for a growing population,” Cr Everard said.

“The project would be a significant expansion and upgrade for the centre which provides important community services. It is a safe-place for socially isolated, financially disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community.

“Council is keen to ensure we have a safe, healthy and active community on the Fraser Coast, and projects like this help us to achieve that goal.”

In addition to providing capital funding, Council also agreed to waive development application fees should the project be successful in attracting a Queensland Government grant.