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Supervised Community Accommodation Townsville

Justice & corrections

Gunala Murma House provides a safe, supportive and welcoming home-like environment for up to four (4) young people, who are referred to the service, and who are otherwise at risk of being remanded in custody. In Birri-gubba ‘Gunala Murma’ refers to a place of holding (a place of nurturing).
Gunala Murma is a joint initiative between Mission Australia and the Townsville Youth Justice Services. Together, Gunala Murma staff will help the client meet the legal requirements of their court order or bail program.

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Who we assist

The target group for the Service is young females and males aged 14-17 years, who are at risk of remand due to unstable accommodation, who have been granted bail with the condition of residing at the residence. The service also caters for young people who are on supervised or community release orders. Referrals from Townsville watch house are also considered.

Eligibility criteria

There are no exclusionary criteria as long as the young people are deemed eligible, suitable and there is availability in the residence.
To be deemed eligible the young person must:
A. meet age and gender criteria
B. live in geographic area
C. agree to option and conditions of SCA and
D. be bailed to the SCA on a Conditional Bail Program and have no disqualifying bail conditions (e.g. association with another resident)

Referral process

All referrals will be assessed by Youth Justice for suitability of placement and eligibility of young person prior to Youth Justice advising the Courts that there is a place available at the SCA. Courts will consider the appropriateness of the SCA for the young person in question, including whether the young person before them can associate with current SCA residents.

Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'