Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support to receive state funds

STATE BUDGET: More than $1.95 million will be given to Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support over the next five years.
STATE BUDGET: More than $1.95 million will be given to Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support over the next five years.

A REDLANDS women’s shelter will keep its doors open for the next five years after its contract was renewed by state government.

More than $1.95 million will be given to Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support as part of a $133 million government commitment to help vulnerable women and children.

The funding would be spread across the next five years, with more than 50 domestic violence shelters and services already allocated a slice.

Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Di Farmer said the funding announcement had given long-term certainty to Queensland service providers.

“There are currently 51 shelters providing more than 300 places of safe temporary overnight accommodation,” she said.

“(The funding) will keep the shelters operating and help keep women and their families safe.”

Extra Queensland police officer positions have also been created to help people involved in domestic violence.

The efforts of 30 existing Queensland police domestic and family violence coordinators will be bolstered by 24 police officers, who will take on the role.

Of those 24 additional positions, one has been assigned to the south Brisbane policing district, four to the Gold Coast and three to Logan.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said the domestic and family violence coordinators would help police and other service providers to assist vulnerable people.

“These officers will be allocated throughout Queensland where they will provide specialist education and training to operational officers and assist other government and non-government agencies to better address domestic violence-related issues,” he said.

The south Brisbane policing district included the Redlands.

A Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women spokeswoman said three district domestic and family violence coordinators and other officer worked for the south Brisbane district vulnerable persons unit.