Men­tal health plat­form

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Kep­pel Cas­sidy is the pre­s­e­lected Greens can­di­date for the seat of Euroa.

Kep­pel Cas­sidy is the fourth can­di­date to throw their hat in to the ring to vie for the seat of Euroa at this month’s Vic­to­rian elec­tion.

Mr Cas­sidy has been an­nounced as the Greens can­di­date for Euroa, join­ing in­cum­bent Steph Ryan (The Na­tion­als), Fionna Dep­pel­erMor­ton (La­bor) and Ian Firth (in­de­pen­dant).

Mr Cas­sidy is a com­mu­nity men­tal health worker and mu­si­cian in cen­tral Vic­to­ria, and said he is pas­sion­ate about men­tal health and hav­ing healthy, con­nected ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

He said he has seen first hand the dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts of men­tal ill­ness on fam­i­lies in re­gional Vic­to­ria, ex­ac­er­bated by high lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment, in­come stress, home­less­ness and in­ad­e­quate com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices to help those in need.

‘‘I am stand­ing for the Greens be­cause they are the only party with a plan to fully re­store the fund­ing for com­mu­nity men­tal health that has been stripped away by the coali­tion and ALP gov­ern­ments over the last five years,’’ Mr Cas­sidy said.

He is also com­mit­ted to see­ing all fully-costed plans of the Greens im­ple­mented, in­clud­ing a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in af­ford­able hous­ing, which will see 40 000 pub­lic hous­ing homes built in the next four years.

‘‘The Greens have also com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing our age­ing, un­re­li­able pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, pro­tec­tion of Vic­to­ria’s stun­ning forests and bring­ing our en­ergy sys­tem back into pub­lic hands, where it be­longs,’’ he said.

‘‘Fi­nally, the ev­i­dence is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly clear that we are fac­ing a cli­mate emer­gency, and the cost of do­ing noth­ing will be­come greater ev­ery year.

‘‘We are also com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the mag­nif­i­cent forests of this state, such as those found in the Strath­bo­gie Ranges, that are be­ing rav­aged by clear-fell log­ging by the cur­rent La­bor Gov­ern­ment.’’

❝I am stand­ing for the Greens be­cause they are the only party with a plan to fully re­store the fund­ing for com­mu­nity men­tal health that has been stripped away by the coali­tion and ALP gov­ern­ments over the last five years.❞ — Kep­pel Cas­sidy

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