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.
It took several years to secure capital funding for the project, however sufficient funds have now been 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 priorities and intentions of the Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct is undergoing review to ensure community needs are understood and met by providing easy access to the necessary health and wellbeing resources and services.
Engagement with key stakeholders and the community, has been undertaken to determine the current and future needs of the Gladstone Region. This will shape the future use of the Philip Street Communities and Family Precinct.
The summary engagement report due for submission in early 2020 will highlight the key findings and messages of the engagement phase and drive the stakeholder identification and allocation phase of the precinct.