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Neville delivers flagship family relationship centre for Bundaberg.

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Neville Delivers Flagship Family Relationship Centre for Bundaberg Thursday, 13 October 2005

Strong lobbying by Paul Neville on behalf of local families has paid off, with Bundaberg being announced as the location of a new Family Relationship Centre. Mr Neville said the city was one of 50 new locations around Australia announced by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today, and welcomed the extra support and assistance the Centre would give local families. “There has been very strong interest from the local community in having a Family Relationships Centre based in the district,” Mr Neville said. “The Centre will be a vital resource for families in Bundaberg and the surrounding region, and I plan to work closely with local family support professionals to ensure we can establish the service as soon as possible.” "I’m sure it will become an integral part of the community by becoming the first port of call when people need help to make their relationships stronger or when relationships end," Mr Neville said. “Essentially, it will be the front door to the new family law system and will support families at all stages of their relationships, by strengthening family relationships, preventing separation where possible and enabling parents to resolve conflict after separation in the interests of their children.” Mr Neville said highly trained, professional mediators at the Centre would use innovative, child focussed dispute resolution techniques to encourage parents to put aside their own differences to agree on what is best for their children. “The initiative is part of the Australian Government’s $397.2 million family law reform package - the biggest ever investment in the family law system.” The first 15 centres, announced earlier this year, will open next year with the remaining 50 to be progressively rolled out across Australia in the following two years