Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk officially opened Binbi Yadubay – Healthy Beginnings in Rockhampton on 30 May.
“It’s called Binbi Yadubay which, in the language of the traditional landowners the Darumbal people means ‘healthy beginnings’,” the Premier said. The service was named after consultation with, and permission from, local Elders.
“No Queenslander should have to battle their addiction alone. They deserve the chance to be free from their addiction to have a healthy beginning,” the Premier said. “The 42-bed centre is the first in Queensland to offer withdrawal, rehab, and family units, and will work alongside 19 other service locations that will be delivered across the state.”
The Premier acknowledged the strong advocacy of local members Keppel MP Brittany Lauga and Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke for making the new $16.26 million facility a reality.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said the facility was delivering high-quality free support services to people suffering with drug or alcohol addiction.
“We know this facility will not only be an incredible support to residents, but also their families, and I would especially like to thank Lives Lived Well for their operation of the facility and for their continued dedication to the rehabilitation of Queenslanders,” the Minister said.
“Importantly, this is a voluntary and free service for Queenslanders to come forward and get the assistance they need when they are ready to make a positive change in their lives.”
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Paul Bell added he was delighted to see Central Queenslanders already benefiting from this vital new service.
“This wonderful service is much-needed in our community and will complement the great work already done by CQ Health’s alcohol and other drugs team, who work in close partnership with Lives Lived Well,” Mr Bell said.
“Our Board is very proud to have the state’s first purpose-built public residential rehabilitation service right here in Central Queensland, and we thank the Queensland Government for recognising and filling this gap.”
Binbi Yadubay commenced operation late in 2021 and has already supported more than 110 people.
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