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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 928 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 November 2021 by Hon Wilson Tucker

Minister responding: Hon S.F. McGurk
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

HOMELESSNESS — BOORLOO BIDEE MIA SERVICE

928. Hon WILSON TUCKER to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Community Services:

I refer to the newly opened Boorloo Bidee Mia homeless hostel.

(1) Since opening, what is the rolling average of available beds each night?

(2) Since opening, what is the rolling average of residents each night?

(3) What is the maximum capacity of the hostel?

Hon SAMANTHA ROWE replied:

I thank the member for some notice of the question and provide the following answer on behalf of the Minister for Community Services.

(1)–(2) There is no ''rolling average''. Boorloo Bidee Mia differs from a walk-in or drop-in shelter model, as it seeks to provide longer-term accommodation, together with individualised, wraparound supports that promote a therapeutic model to aid transition into permanent, stable living arrangements. While currently operational and servicing clients, Boorloo Bidee Mia is still undergoing minor building works to enable full service capacity. The occupation of the service will be a gradual process and individuals will be selected carefully to ensure that the right cohort of people are engaged and the safety and wellbeing of residents and staff are maintained. As part of the budget estimates process in the Legislative Council, the minister has committed to providing occupancy details by way of supplementary information.

(3) The total number of residents accommodated at Boorloo Bidee Mia at any given time will be dependent on the support needs of residents, with the delivery of a safe, culturally appropriate and effective service being a priority at all times. The service will continue to expand its capacity in coming months.