First sod turned for Peel youth medical hub
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.
GP Down South business manager Eleanor Britton and chief executive Amanda Poller.