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Official opening as essential support services settle in to new home

25 Sep 2014

The new $2.56 million Roma Community Hub is now a hive of activity, with essential community services including family support, home and community care, and emergency relief now settled in, following the recent completion of construction work.

The construction of the hub was funded by Maranoa Regional Council ($1.06 million), the Australia Pacific LNG Project and Santos GLNG (each providing $500,000) and the State Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience ($500,000).

The new hub was officially opened yesterday by Mayor Robert Loughnan along with representatives of the project’s sponsors.

Spread over 691m² and housing 34 office areas, three interview rooms, a training room, kitchen and mothers’ room, the hub means the Maranoa community can access essential social services - both Council and external - under the same roof.

Mayor Robert Loughnan said the hub is vital for the community to access essential services in times of need while also being functional in design.

“The new hub, being similar to the Roma Neighbourhood Centre, is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all community services, providing Maranoa residents with access to specialist support, programs and resources,” Cr Loughnan said.

“The new building design means a larger space for service providers to coordinate activities and meetings while ensuring clients receive high quality and individual service. The exterior blends in well with the brick and metal construction materials of the existing Roma Bungil Cultural Centre, while also being functional, using the latest climate smart technology and natural lighting.

“The project would not have been possible without our valued industry supporters and local business S&K Duff Builders who constructed the building, with designs by Toowoomba company Struxi who also project managed the works.”

Member for Warrego Howard Hobbs MP said there was obviously a need for a larger facility to house the essential services for the Roma district.

“The recently completed Community Hub will provide an environmentally friendly, convenient and accessible venue to accommodate these services,” Mr Hobbs said.

“The State Government is pleased to contribute to this worthy project and will continue to assist Roma and district with projects such as this for many years to come.”

Speaking on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG, Origin Regional Community Relations Manager Scott Bird said the project funding is further evidence of our commitment to deliver lasting benefit to the regions where we operate.

“The Australia Pacific LNG Project’s operations will provide economic benefits to this region for decades and the community hub will be an important asset as Roma continues to grow and prosper,” Mr Bird said.

Santos GLNG Acting Maranoa Regional Manager Andrew Snars said Santos GLNG was pleased to have helped bring this important new facility to fruition.

“We’re proud to be part of such a great community and we’re excited that people are accessing essential
services at the Roma Community Hub now that the walls are up, the paint is dry and service providers have settled in,” Mr Snars said.

“The Maranoa region is home to a thriving and growing community, which will greatly benefit from this legacy asset that was delivered through a partnership between the natural gas industry and local and state governments.”

The Roma Community Hub opened to the public last month. Services currently available at the hub include:
- Community Support Service
- Emergency Relief
- Home and Community Care
- Family Support Service
- Specialist Homelessness Service
- Community Housing
- Healthy Communities (Be Healthy Maranoa)

The hub is located at 57 Bungil Street in Roma, and is open Monday to Friday from 8.20am – 5.00pm (closing for lunch at 12:30pm – 1:30pm).

For further information, please contact Council’s Customer Service team on 1300 007 662.