Queenslanders fleeing domestic and family violence in the Moreton Bay Region have a safe place to go following the completion of $2.3 million crisis accommodation complex in Caboolture.
State member for Morayfield and Minister for Police and Corrective Services Mark Ryan said the new complex sends a clear message to people living with domestic and family violence.
“You don’t have to stay in a violent household, there is somewhere to go,” Mr Ryan said.
“More than $555 million has been invested by the Palaszczuk Government in addressing domestic and family violence across Queensland.
“Crisis accommodation is an important part of that investment because everybody has the right to feel safe.
“The new complex in Caboolture will provide year-round support, operating 24-hours a day, seven days-a-week.
“It has safe, pet-friendly communal areas, wheelchair accessibility and a playground.
“The complex has been designed to break down some of the barriers that have in the past stopped families leaving violent homes.”
Construction was completed by Nileport Projects and supported 160 building industry jobs, including 12 apprentices.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said leaving a violent relationship was often a difficult and dangerous decision.
“Timing is everything and that’s why it’s so important as a Government that we invest in crisis accommodation,” Ms Farmer said.
“Knowing there is a safe place to go that also welcomes children makes leaving a violent situation so much easier and safer.
“This is the seventh crisis accommodation complex to be built by the Palaszczuk Government.
“From the Gold Coast to Coen and west to Roma, all seven crisis centres are the first to be constructed by a Queensland Government in more than two decades.
“Each centre provides a safe refuge for families because nobody should have to live in fear, not now, not ever.
“As Queenslanders, we all have a part to play in ending domestic and family violence.
“If you see it, hear it, or suspect, you have an obligation to report it.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence, call DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Triple Zero and ask for police.