Wednesday, 11 March 2020
With the help of local Federal MP, Terry Young, Lives Lived Well (LLW) officially launched its alcohol and drug recovery centre, Wunya located in Caboolture in North Brisbane yesterday.
Wunya meaning “Welcome” in the language of the traditional custodians of the area, is a 20-bed live-in rehabilitation facility made possible by an $11 million funding injection from the Commonwealth Government in June 2018.
The funding, announced by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health was in response to a strong demand for Lives Lived Well’s support services which have been operational in the Moreton Bay region for the past three years.
In addition to the live-in centre, the funding has given Lives Lived Well the opportunity to expand its Caboolture based counselling teams as well as establish a day withdrawal and rehabilitation program.
Lives Lived Well invested over $1 million of its own funds into the development of this centre, located on the old Caboolture Backpackers site on Lower King Street. The site, acquired in early 2019 after consultation with Council, was completely renovated and made suitable as a residential drug and alcohol service with the first round of clients commencing in late December 2019.
In 2018-19, Lives Lived Well supported 2,232 people across its range of services in Caboolture, Strathpine, Redcliffe and Morayfield.
“This centre will be a vital asset in our fight to stamp out drug and alcohol issues within the community of Longman, and make recovery possible,” Mr Young said.
“It will change the lives of so many people who are struggling to cope with these issues and allow them a second chance at a better and healthier life. The Morrison Government is passionate about winning the battle against drugs and I am proud that we could contribute to making this wonderful centre possible.”
(L-R) LLW CEO Mitchell Giles, Terry Young MP & SAS Group Managing Director Peter Costantini.