Government could provide funds for street chaplaincy
GLADSTONE'S new street chaplaincy program could secure ongoing funds if local authorities take the lead from Townsville.
The Department of Communities has confirmed it directly funds the Townsville initiative, using local religious groups to help prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.
But the department said it had not received an application from Gladstone Regional Council to pay for a local set-up.
The revelation comes as $150,000 of donated funds from the CBD Community Safety Committee pool is expected to run out this month.
Gladstone Acting Mayor Matt Burnett said on Thursday the street chaplaincy program would rely on funds donated from large industry and small business.
"I don't think it's a charity," he said. "If industry is going to bring the workers to town, then they have to be part of the solution."
Gladstone police also rely on donations to fund the $3500-a-night Operation Parasol in the city centre.
The Department of Communities did not reveal how much it paid to establish the Townsville initiative.
"The department would review any such application (for Gladstone) and consider its merits against available resources," a department representative said.
Gladstone police will launch the street chaplaincy program next month.