$1.5m of crucial funding for mental health services on the Peninsula

Published on 26 February 2019

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The Federal Government, through Minister Greg Hunt, has announced a committed $1.5 million towards development of the Southern Peninsula Youth Hub.

Minister Hunt also announced an additional $1.5 million over the next four years for Headspace to operate satellite services on the Peninsula.

Rosebud Secondary College received a commitment for $300,000 towards a Wellness Pavilion.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said Council had long advocated for this commitment to support the establishment of a new Headspace service for the Southern Peninsula.

“The availability of these crucial support services can be life changing for the young people in our community.

“Having a Headspace service on the Peninsula, especially the Southern Peninsula where access to the existing Frankston service can be quite challenging for young people, is a huge win for our community.

“Thanks to the Hon. Greg Hunt for facilitating this vital funding”.

Councils representative for the Health and Wellbeing Committee and Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi was joined by Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks and Shire officers in Rosebud to receive the highly anticipated news.

Cr Celi said she was overwhelmed by the announcement that will allow a purpose-built facility to complement Council’s existing support services for young people on the Peninsula.

“I could not contain my excitement and was delighted to receive the great news. I commend the tireless and collaborative effort put in by the Shire Officers leading up to this amazing success story for our community.

“This is a major investment that will have a significant positive impact on the lives of young people on the Southern Peninsula”.

Headspace currently provide limited counselling and program services from each of the Shire’s Youth Centres in Hastings, Mornington and Rosebud.

Young people are welcome to book appointments through Headspace Frankston and request to see a Counsellor at any of the Shire’s Peninsula sites.

For more information, visit: headspace.org.au

PHOTO CAPTION: Seawinds Ward Cr Antonella Celi, Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt, Shire’s Team Leader Youth Services Andrew Joseph, Shire’s Manager Family Services and Community Planning Louise Wilkins and Seawinds Ward Cr Simon Brooks at Rosebud Secondary College to receive the exciting announcement of $1.5 million towards development of the Southern Peninsula Youth Hub.