Artist drawing of Lives Lived Well’s planned residential recovery service – “Wunya”


Progress has been made on developing a 20-bed alcohol and drug residential service in Caboolture, scheduled to open in December 2019.

This project has come about after the Commonwealth Government announced in June 2018 that Lives Lived Well would receive $11 million in funding for increased support services in the region.

We had seen this need for support firsthand with our other Caboolture services (withdrawal, case management and counselling) receiving referrals four times higher than expected in their first year of delivery.

The residential service, to be named “Wunya” which means “welcome” in the language of the traditional custodians of the area, will be a place of support where people can come and undertake a six-week structured, research-informed program to be free from the harms of drugs and alcohol.

The program will be based on the same clinical treatment that we deliver at our long-standing Mirikai (Gold Coast) and Logan House services. People participating in the program will be engaged in educational group sessions and therapies, be able to learn life and wellbeing skills and will be able to set their own treatment goals.

Lives Lived Well has a strict policy around no drug or alcohol use while participants are in our program. It includes a supported no-smoking policy. The centre will be staffed 24 hours/seven days a week.

The new residential recovery centre will be located at 55-57 Lower King St, Caboolture.

From June to November, 2019, there will be construction activities on these sites, involving alterations and additions to one of the buildings (which was previously used as a backpackers) and demolition of the other, making way for the building of a carpark.

Our builders will do their best to minimise noise and disruption during this time.

Once operational, we expect that impact on the area’s amenity in terms of noise, traffic or car parking should be less than what was experienced during the building’s previous use as a backpackers.

If you are a nearby resident and have issues with construction noise or have questions about this new service, please email [email protected]


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