Vulnerable women in the Cairns region are set to benefit from newly built safe and secure housing delivered thanks to almost $1 million worth of funding from the Morrison Government.
Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Luke Howarth today joined Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and Access Housing Company CEO Donna‑Maree O’Connor to tour the recently-opened complex.
“Our priority is ensuring that people experiencing family or domestic violence are able to access safe and secure housing,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.
“The new complex includes eight two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units for women and children escaping domestic violence.”
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the project saw the construction of a 10-unit apartment complex to provide safe and secure accommodation for women escaping domestic and family violence, as well as the growing group of single homeless women.
“This facility was desperately needed and I am proud to have played a role in delivering it for our community,” Mr Entsch said.
“Donna-Maree and her team do fantastic work in helping vulnerable people in our community and this facility will further allow them to provide services to those who need it the most.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $990,079 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Cairns region.
“In addition to increasing the number of women and children that can be supported in crisis accommodation, this investment will in turn also produce long-term benefits to the region as it creates a more supportive and inclusive community,” Mr McCormack said.
This project received $990,079 in funding from the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund, $990,080 from the Queensland Government, and Access Community Housing contributed $43,070.
The units were officially opened on the 7th April and are currently housing 21 adults and children at the complex.