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The Lyons Street diversionary centre is an initiative of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the Queensland Government in response to the recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This initiative aims to provide an alternative to formal custody for intoxicated persons of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descents within the Cairns metro area. The centre provides a safe, culturally appropriate sobering up facility for intoxicated people who are at risk of being a danger to themselves or the public, are causing a public nuisance, or who would otherwise be detained at the Cairns Watch House. Short term accommodation is available, with the provision of beds, laundry, hygiene facilities, and meals for up to 36 people at a time. The centre is open 24 hours to receive referrals from police, other agencies and to be accessible to walk-ins. A pick up service can be provided throughout various locations in the Cairns CBD, in response to police and community requests.
Abstract adapted from Anglicare
Lyons Street diversionary centre
53-99 Lyons Street
Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4035 3816
Fax: (07) 4035 3822