Rockhampton’s only 24/7 rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has received $105,482 through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to upgrade their centre.
Gumbi Gumbi is an Indigenous, not-for-profit organisation that provides rehabilitation services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples affected by alcohol, drugs and volatile substances.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP today visited Gumbi Gumbi.
“Through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, the Coalition Government has provided $3 million over three years to support Gumbi Gumbi to provide culturally-appropriate care to First Australians,” said Minister Scullion.
“This additional funding will enable Gumbi Gumbi to provide a safe and functional environment through upgrades to their amenities to service the wide-ranging needs of their clients.
"The Liberal National Coalition is working with communities across Queensland to provide the services and investment that are needed in local communities - and importantly we are doing that in partnership with Queenslanders.”
Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP said that Gumbi Gumbi had served the Rockhampton community for over 20 years.
“Gumbi Gumbi provide quality residential and non-residential services, as well as aftercare support services. I commend the Gumbi Gumbi for their commitment to quality service delivery, and am pleased that this additional funding will assist them to make a few essential upgrades.”
The Government recognises the importance and benefits of Indigenous organisations delivering culturally-appropriate alcohol and other drug prevention, education treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This year, the Coalition Government is providing $70 million through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support over 80 Indigenous alcohol and other drug treatment services across Australia.
This complements the Government’s broader $685 million investment to reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs on people, their families and communities.