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Regional Solutions addresses domestic violence in Emerald.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

18 June 2002

Regional Solutions addresses domestic violence in Emerald Emerald will soon have a new, safe haven for domestic violence victims with the Federal Government allocating $130,000 towards a purpose built facility to house the regional resource service office of the Domestic Violence Service of Central Queensland.

Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today announced that through the Regional Solutions Programme, the Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Rockhampton would construct a safe, culturally appropriate facility with a disabled access office to provide refuge and support for women and children in Emerald.

“Due to the dynamics of domestic violence relationships it is critical to be able to offer women and their children a safe haven and advice,” Mr Scott said.

“The facility will allow the continued provision of crisis intervention, the development and delivery of preventative education programmes and the distribution of resources and library access.”

Regional Solutions is a four-year funding programme designed to help regional and rural communities find local solutions to their local challenges.

Mr Scott congratulated the local community for working together to access Solutions funding.

“The Regional Solutions Programme has given rise to an unprecedented relationship between regional communities and the Federal Government. We are working together at the local level - finding the keys to unlock our nation’s true potential and restore unity to our regions,” he said.

Mr Scott said the announcement reflected the huge level of interest shown in Regional Solutions in Maranoa and the high quality of applications received since the programme’s inception in late 2000.

“We are looking to our regions to identify the challenges they specifically face. The broad nature of the programme is clearly helping those communities to develop solutions to address their local needs,” Mr Scott said.

The Regional Solutions application and assessment process is ongoing. An important feature of the programme is that applications can be lodged at any time. They will be assessed on their individual merit and the specific needs of the communities.

More information on the RSP can be obtained through telephone 1800 026 222 or email regional.solutions@dotrs.gov.au, and the application forms and guidelines are at www.regionalsolutions.gov.au