Redland's Centre for Women to get counsellor funded for a year

FUNDING ON WAY: MP Don Brown, Lisa Nardone and Katrina Beutel.
FUNDING ON WAY: MP Don Brown, Lisa Nardone and Katrina Beutel.

VULNERABLE women and girls in the Redlands area will have further access to support with a counsellor to work out of the Redlands Centre for Women.

Domestic and Family Violence Minister Shannon Fentiman said the counsellor would be an important addition to the centre that already provided invaluable volunteer services to many locals.

Ms Fentiman announced at the Diner en Rouge on Saturday that the centre would receive $130,000.

She said the money would be used to employ a counsellor.

“This is a great local organisation relying on the hard work of volunteers and now they'll get the money to continue their great work,’’ she said.

“Many women use this trusted centre to get help with issues related to domestic and family violence, sexual assault and health and well-being issues.”

Capalaba MP Don Brown said while the centre was staffed by volunteers, due to the rise in the number of women and girls presenting, it was felt that a professional counsellor would be best able to deal with their needs.

“Enabling access to local support services … is a crucial element in the Queensland government’s ongoing commitment to ending domestic and family violence.

“We want women to know that there is support available to them and that this support can be accessed locally.”