Federal funding welcomed

THE team at headspace Busselton have welcomed the recent $51.8 million federal government funding announcement.

Centre manager Marie Eckersley said it had been a relief to hear the news with the demand for services increasing each year.

“Headspace is not just about counselling services it provides a range of support services including helping young people gain employment, increase their mental health awareness and physical activity, and improving relationships,” she said.

“The funding I’m hoping we will receive, will go into expanding our clinical services, being able to put on more allied health staff, which would help decrease wait times because the demand has increased significantly – it just keeps going up.” Forrest MP Nola Marino said the funding backed quality frontline support for young people.

“It is essential that Australians can get information, advice, understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it,” she said.

“This funding boost will help headspace meet the increasing demands for their services, today and in coming years.

“Within our funding injection for headspace, $39 million will go towards services and staff while $12.8 million will ensure headspace National can continue to run eheadspace so young people can access support when they need it.” The additional investment is on top of the $95.7 million per year the federal government had already committed to 107 headspace centres.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail

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The proponents of an infrastructure project in the south west have been invited to submit a Full Business Case for assessment under the Australian Government’s highly anticipated $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund.

Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, said this is exciting news for the region as the first stage of the assessment process has been highly competitive, with more than 300 applications received from state and territory governments, local governments, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

“Nannup Timber Processing Pty Ltd has been invited to submit a Full Business Case which must meet the assessment requirements before funding will be approved.”

“The project involves the construction of the Nannup Plywood Veneer Peeling Facility and will employ 30 people during construction and over 60 when it is up and running,’ Ms Marino said.

“This is a pat on the back for our region, particularly for the community and businesses in Nannup. The project can drive economic growth and create jobs both immediately and in the longer term,” Ms Marino said.

“It is anticipated to start in December 2018 and be completed by February 2020.”

The Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects that support long-term economic growth and create regional jobs.

“The projects selected for Stage 2 focus on building on existing strengths, re-invigorating industries and tapping into a region’s tourism potential.”

“Funding requests for these projects range from $10 million to $29 million, making the Regional Growth Fund a significant investor in our regions.”

More information is available at http://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/regional-growth-fund.aspx.

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