TaskForce Frankston and Mornington Peninsula headquarters official launch
TaskForce’s Frankston and Mornington Peninsula headquarters was officially opened on Tuesday 18 October by The Hon Ros Spence MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Prevention of Family Violence, Community Sport and Youth.
In her speech, Minister Spence underlined the importance of the work that TaskForce does in and for the community.
“Your work, from youth to families, to people in the justice system, is incredibly important. It not only changes lives but also saves lives,” Minister Spence said.
Also in attendance at the launch was Paul Edbrooke MP, Member for Frankston and a strong supporter of TaskForce, as well as representatives from government departments, the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network, partner organisations and the local police.
The office – at 31 Playne Street – supports almost 1500 TaskForce clients across multiple programs, including helping victim-survivors of family violence, supporting people to live free of alcohol and other drug harms, and working to keep marginalised women and girls out of the justice system.
Other services include mental health, youth and family services, and education.
The new office features three large training rooms, six counselling rooms, and room for 40 more staff will serve as TaskForce’s headquarters for the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula regions.
Paul Edbrooke MP said, “The thing I love about TaskForce is the ability to adapt to and overcome unique situations affecting individuals and communities on the ground. Thank you for everything you do, the difference you make in my community. In my mind you are leading the way.”
TaskForce CEO Ray Blessing said, “The official opening of TaskForce’s Frankston office stands testament to the hard work that dedicated TaskForce staff have put into the region over many years, the identified needs of the community and the determination of staff, government, community members and others to help people in the region make better lives and livelihoods.”