Far North Queenslanders with spinal cord damage and other physical disabilities are celebrating the completion of construction on an innovative centre that will bring services closer to home.
The Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre has been under development on the corner of Lake and Smith Streets since earlier this year, with the finishing touches now in progress before opening in February.
The fully accessible $12M Centre is the first of its kind in Queensland and regional Australia, featuring seven short-term accommodation units, allied health services including occupational therapy and physiotherapy, a rehabilitation gym and hydrotherapy pool, community café and more.
The Healthy Living Centre is made possible with funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, which provides grants for projects that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.
Spinal Life Australia Chief Executive Officer Mark Townend said the Centre had been a vision for Spinal Life for more than three years, with an official ceremony held to break ground in September last year.
“Our members and clients in regional areas have often shared feedback about the need to access a range of specialist services to support their health and wellbeing goals, throughout every stage of their lives,” Mark said.
“We also wanted to offer fully accessible accommodation for respite stays and for people who are transitioning home from hospital, who may need a place to stay close to loved ones while home modifications and support services are being finalised.
“In addition, we know that there are many holidaymakers looking to explore all that the beautiful FNQ region has to offer, who can relax knowing they can access personal support, allied health and other key services during their stay.”
The Centre has been brought to life by a range of Cairns-based contractors, led by local builders Keir QLD who have shared Spinal Life’s vision for this project since the beginning.
The Centre will begin welcoming guests from February, with an official opening in March.
The Healthy Living Centre has also been proudly supported by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).
To read more about the Centre, click here.