As the region continues to recover from the bush fires, a new community hub opened its doors to Granite Belt residents on Tuesday 1 October 2019. The new Granite Belt Community Hub is located at 40 Maryland Street.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Tracy Dobie, said the bushfire recovery has been a long phase and encourages residents to reach out and ask for assistance and information on what assistance they may be able to access at the Granite Belt Community Hub. “The Granite Belt Community Hub is a one-stop shop for people to get answers to questions they might have and get linked in to appropriate services,” said Mayor Dobie. As well as bush fire recovery information, the new community hub will also include local business displays and a mini library for children with scheduled story times every Tuesday at 3:30pm and Thursday at 10:30am.

As part of Council’s long term vision and planning for the Granite Belt, a series of public workshops are also scheduled to assist with the development of the Urban Design Framework for the region. Council staff will be on hand at the hub to help answer questions. The workshops and opportunity for public consultation will build on Council’s Granite Belt – Your Vision, Our Future project.

This new community centre comes following the closing of The Community Recovery Hub and The Emergency Hardship Assistance Grants on Friday 27 September. Residents who have been directly affected by the fire may be eligible to apply for income tested grants to assist with the repair or replacement of essential household contents and structural repairs to their homes. These grants can be applied for online or by phoning the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349. Anyone still requiring support in relation to the bushfires can also contact the Community Recovery Hotline.

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