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New residential rehabilitation centre—Rockhampton

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Community forum

The forum on 2 December provides another opportunity for the Rockhampton community to discuss the proposed site of the service, and to learn more about the benefits of drug and alcohol treatment for the community.  It follows a previous consultation in July 2019, where it was agreed that the Birkbeck site be put on hold whilst the Music Bowl site was further explored.

Future community engagement

There will be further opportunities for community engagement as part of the formal town planning process.

The non-government organisation that will deliver the services will also be actively engaged in future community consultation, providing specialist advice on fitting out the building and working with other local service providers.

About the new rehabilitation centre

The establishment of a new alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation service in Rockhampton is a commitment of the Queensland Government.

This new facility will improve access to treatment and support for people in Rockhampton and surrounding regions. Admission will be voluntary and limited to people assessed as suitable for a residential program. The facility will include 42 places for individual rehabilitation and withdrawal management and two family units for parents.

As part of new service options, a non-residential day program is also being established in central Rockhampton.

Better and earlier access to treatment helps people with problematic alcohol and other drug use make positive behaviour change and reduces stress on families. Effective treatment also contributes to improving community safety and reducing the burden on health and other services.


The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service / Department of Health is proposing a residential rehabilitation facility over part of the Music Bowl site at 607–701 Yaamba Road, Parkhurst (part of Lot 219/LN2518).

The Department is currently undertaking several preliminary land use planning investigations to determine the feasibility of the proposed Music Bowl site including bushfire and flood investigations. This follows a traffic feasibility study that indicated that few modifications would be required for road infrastructure.

The remaining feasibility studies are expected to be completed by end of 2019.

Key dates

  • Request for Offer (RFO) for a specialist non-government service provider to deliver residential and non-residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services.

Released Monday 16 September 2019
(open for six-weeks).

  • Finalise process to identify suitable rehabilitation service provider
Expected end of 2019
  • Establish and commence non-residential rehabilitation service in central Rockhampton.
Expected mid 2020
  • Start construction of the residential rehabilitation facility, subject to a site being confirmed and purchased.
Expected mid to late 2020

Frequently asked questions

We are currently working on updating this section to keep you and the community informed and up-to-date.
If you have questions you would like to submit, please email

Have your say

Before commencing formal town planning processes, which will include a public notification process, the Department is seeking your feedback on the proposal and concept design for the facility. Please direct your feedback and / or questions about the proposed new service via email to

Last updated: 5 December 2019