COUNCIL will lodge a grant application to fund two self-contained units for the purpose of providing domestic violence crisis accommodation in Douglas Shire.

Douglas Shire Council has also committed to providing a suitable block of land in Mossman should the application be successful.

The Council resolution is a big step towards securing local emergency accommodation, which has been a key advocacy issue since 2017.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the current practice of referring women to refuges down south was ineffective and hindered recovery.

“Our community has been crying out for a crisis accommodation service to keep women and their children in the community while they rebuild their life after escaping domestic and family violence,” she said.

“Council has been working closely with Queensland Police Service and local domestic violence groups to build a strong case for this much-needed facility.”

The Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Grant is now open with capital grants from $100,000 to $10 million available for DV emergency accommodation.

Council officers are preparing a grant application to be lodged by the end of the week.

Council adopted a Functional Brief in 2017 and a Supported Accommodation Operational Model Proposal in August 2019.