Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien today turned the first sod on the new Drop-in Centre for Murgon veterans, which delivers on his $450,000 election commitment and will create about 40 jobs.
Mr O’Brien said he was delighted to see works begin on the significant project, which is next to the Murgon Council Office on Stephens Street.
“This drop-in centre was a key priority for the Liberal and Nationals because it will deliver significant benefits for veterans and the Murgon community, providing a safe and comfortable place to help veterans who have served to protect our country, and who deserve to have a place of their own to socialise and receive support,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Importantly, the project will also create about 40 jobs, including electricians, plumbers, concreters and other trades, which will provide a significant flow-on benefit to the Murgon and South Burnett community.”
The Drop-In Centre will include a Welfare and Pensions Office and staff, a large meeting room with conference facilities, a kitchen and barbecue area.
“The Murgon Sub-Branch is experiencing rapid growth in membership, and they need a larger premises to deliver better welfare and advocacy services, and family-friendly social facilities,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The meeting room and facilities will be available to community groups such as the local Parkinson’s Support Group, so there is widespread benefit for the whole Murgon community.
“The centre will also house the RSL Sub-Branch’s memorabilia collection and historic photo gallery, and information so that school children will be able to learn about Australia’s Defence history, ensuring our Anzac legacy is remembered by future generations.”
Mr O’Brien said large-scale infrastructure projects like the Drop-In Centre would ensure regional Australia continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, create jobs and provide a lasting benefit for our local communities.
“Now more than ever before, we know that investments like these are critical in places like Murgon, because helping regional areas recover and supporting the local economy means that Australia can recover faster,” he said.
The Drop-In Centre has been fully budgeted for, and is scheduled to be complete by March 2021, weather permitting.