First sod turned for Peel youth med­i­cal hub

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE first sod was turned last Fri­day at the long-an­tic­i­pated Peel Youth Med­i­cal Ser­vices health hub site on Al­nutt Street.

The $9.19 mil­lion hub will be a one-stop shop with health and ser­vice providers to tackle the ef­fects of drugs, al­co­hol and men­tal health is­sues faced by young peo­ple in the Peel re­gion.

The project has been mainly driven by GP Down South busi­ness man­ager Eleanor Brit­ton, who said the hub would change the com­mu­nity.

Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie started the Can­ning Ice Ac­tion Group in 2015, which brought to­gether lo­cal ser­vice providers to im­ple­ment a co­or­di­nated ap­proach for the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of drug and al­co­hol abuse.

Last year, he took a del­e­ga­tion of lo­cal stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing par­ents and young peo­ple af­fected by drug al­co­hol and men­tal is­sues, to meet Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull.

“The Prime Min­is­ter un­der­stood what was at risk and last year the Coali­tion com­mit­ted $2 mil­lion for cap­i­tal works,” Mr Hastie said.

Both par­ties com­mit­ted an ad­di­tional $5 mil­lion dur­ing the State Elec­tion which gave the project bi­par­ti­san sup­port.

“The project is a tes­ti­mony to how a com­mu­nity can work to­gether to cre­ate so­lu­tions when we have strong and united lead­er­ship from both sides of pol­i­tics and all lev­els of gov­ern­ment,’’ Mr Hastie said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473427

GP Down South busi­ness man­ager Eleanor Brit­ton and chief ex­ec­u­tive Amanda Poller.

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