Plans to develop the former Bundaberg CBD fire station into a community care centre have officially been approved.
Bundaberg Regional Council last week gave the green light to the Bridges Health and Community Care development, which is set to feature a range of facilities including meeting rooms, workshop areas, art equipment for hire, a commercial kitchen, diner and more.
According to the application, Bridges was established in 1998 and is the longest running and leading provider of community-based mental health and drug and alcohol services in Queensland.
“Bridges mission is to improve the health, social and economic outcomes for people of all ages, cultures and communities, particularly those facing adversity, marginalisation and discrimination,” the application states.
“Bridges services include allied health, psychological services, community based mental health services, counselling and support programs, in addition to offering disability employment and NDIS support services.”
The development on Woongarra Street will operate as a community care centre, offering a space for clients and the community to utilise.
The application states the “goal and vision for the facility is to use the ground area for community activities, art projects, workshops, support groups and general access to improve, health, social and emotional wellbeing.
“They will offer certified training and education programs, disability employment support and NDIS services.
“There would also be a café and eatery offering a meeting place for community members, which would showcase and honour emergency services through a themed renovation of the former fire station (with input from QFES).”
The centre will operate from 6.30 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 6.30 am to 5 pm and Sunday 7 am to 3 pm, once established.
It will employ twenty staff from a range of services including BHCC health and wellbeing, disability employment, youth support and cultural liaison plus ten executive and administrative team members.
The onsite café will feature six staff rostered per shift.