The Gladstone Region 2028 Vision Project (circa 2008) recognised rapid population growth, demographic change and the cumulative impacts of significant industrial projects that increased pressure on social infrastructure to the detriment of the vulnerable residents of the Gladstone Region.
In 2009, the Gladstone Region Social Infrastructure and Strategic Plan (SISP) developed in partnership with the former Gladstone Economic and Industry Development Board and the former Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP,) recommended as the number one priority social infrastructure objective for the co-location and integration of human and social services and facilities to address the fragmentation of the community support system.
The Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct was proposed as the principal social infrastructure initiative to address current and future human and social services needs for the region. With Council’s Corporate Plan (2018-2023) mapping a clear direction towards creating a strong fabric of community connectedness, lifestyle and enhanced liveability in the Gladstone Region.
It took several years to secure capital funding for the project, however sufficient funds were secured for Stage 1 from the:
- Australian Government via the Regional Jobs and Investment Package
- Gladstone Foundation via the Salvation Army
- Gladstone Regional Council
The Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct has been designed to strengthen Gladstone’s community and social service system by the clustering of community facilities to improve and enhance service delivery and community outcomes.
The Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct recognises the central role communities play in supporting and protecting wellbeing through fostering social inclusion, connectedness, and enabling access to resources and services
Stage 1 of the precinct is funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package, Gladstone Regional Council and the Gladstone Foundation, in partnership with The Salvation Army.