Churchill residents meeting to discuss plans for a halfway house at 3 Princess Street. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Churchill residents meeting to discuss plans for a halfway house at 3 Princess Street. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

Aboriginal group defends halfway house location

THE organisation behind plans for a halfway house near a refuge for abused children has defended the choice of location.

Five Bridges CEO Julieanne Eisemann said the site at Princess St, Churchill was chosen after an extensive search of the Ipswich area to find something suitable to meet the needs of the residents.

"Specifically, the house is in a location close to local amenities and transport, and in a zone appropriate for boarding house approval," Ms Eisemann said.

"Also, the property has sufficient room to install a men's shed and to establish a community garden."

As reported in yesterday's QT the site is near a Mercy Family Services residential care program for vulnerable youth.

Ms Eisemann said the group was in consultation with Mercy Family Services on the plans.

"In our extensive search for a suitable house it was not known to us that the youth refuge was in close proximity," she said.

"However, since this time we have had contact with the administering body and they are very supportive of our boarding house and we are now working closely together."

Local elder, Ipswich Community Justice Group chairman Rod Fuller, said the boarding house had been long overdue.

"We have many local residents who need accommodation and support to get their life back on track," he said. "Every day many people come into our Five Bridges office seeking help with housing and other services. This is a much-needed solution."

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Posted by QT - The Queensland Times on Tuesday, October 20, 2015


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