Mayor Peter Maguire, Sister Colleen, Diocesan director Dr Ricki Jeffery, Bishop Brian Heenan and Father Stephen Hanley attend to blessing the two new buildings.
Mayor Peter Maguire, Sister Colleen, Diocesan director Dr Ricki Jeffery, Bishop Brian Heenan and Father Stephen Hanley attend to blessing the two new buildings. Meghan Kidd

Happy union for Blackwater projects

MEMBERS of the Blackwater community came together on Friday to witness the blessing of the newly-built Mary Immaculate Church Community Centre and the Centacare office in town.

Bishop Brian Heenan was in attendance to bless the buildings with holy water as prayers were read in a service that celebrated the Blackwater parish and Centacare coming together to provide support to the region.

Both buildings were a dream for many in the Blackwater community but the joint funding from the Blackwater parish and the

Department of Communities: Home and Community Care meant the two buildings could become a reality.

Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton director Dr Ricki Jeffrey said it was a lovely occasion to come together.

She said the building of a new Centacare office in town and a new community centre for the Mary Immaculate Church initially started as separate projects.

"We had two separate projects, and they were brought together," Dr Jeffrey said.

"This blessing is special, because it is one of the final blessings Bishop Heenan will do before he retires in August.

The new community centre for the parish will offer a place of support for residents, while the Centacare office will provide a permanent place of residence for the staff who offer counselling and support.

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said it was a welcoming sight on Friday to see both buildings blessed and ready for use.

"The Centacare office is another facility for the community," Cr Maguire said.

"And the new community centre is a wonderful addition to the parish."


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