MP delivers on first step in Diversionary Centre upgrades

Member for Cairns Michael Healy is pleased to announce he has obtained $40,000 from the Palaszczuk Government for a document which will determine the upgrades needed to provide additional capacity at the Cairns Diversionary Centre.

“The Cairns Diversionary Centre plays an important role in keeping heavily intoxicated persons off our streets.

It is a sobering up facility for intoxicated individuals who are at risk of being a danger to themselves or others.

The provision of additional bed capacity would mean fewer intoxicated persons sleeping in public space or at the watch house and less opportunity to be involved in anti-social behaviour” he said.

The last time the Centre had a major upgrade was in 2000.

“Cairns is a tourism city and we need to ensure that we have the appropriate facilities where intoxicated people can recover and more importantly seek help for their addiction.

Leaving intoxicated people on our streets is a threat to their own safety and contributes to a negative impact on businesses, our citizens and our tourists” he said.

“I presented a document to the Treasurer earlier this year outlining potential upgrade plans” he said.

Mr Ian Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare NQ who manage the Centre said “I appreciate how essential this document will be to determining the future of the Centre and thank the Member for Cairns and the State Government for providing the funds”.

The document was formulated out of the Intoxicated Persons Taskforce, a group made up of Government and non-government agencies that Mr Healy established to work together to help tackle the problem of public intoxication and anti-social behaviour in our city.

The expansion of the Centre is one of the options proposed, in addition others such as a review of travel arrangements for those visiting Cairns from remote communities and an expansion of detox services in the city.

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