Joint media release with Minister for Regional Development Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
The Coalition Government is investing $1.9 million in a new mental health facility in Darwin, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced today.
“The Top End Association for Mental Health (TEAMhealth) has received the funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to build a new mental health facility in Malak, to be known as Top End House,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government is investing in better mental health services for Territorians with Top End House to have two elements, a rehabilitation facility and transitional housing.
“The new facility will enable TEAMhealth’s existing residential rehabilitation programme to relocate and expand from six beds to 10 beds, meaning more participants will be able to improve their outcomes. The transitional housing, of six self-contained units, will consolidate skills needed for independent living.
“TEAMhealth will provide the other half of the funds for the $3.88 million project.”
TEAMhealth CEO, Helen Egan, said TEAMhealth was very excited to receive this BBRF grant on its 30th birthday and to make Top End House a reality.
“Top End House will provide a purpose-built facility and programme to support the recovery journey for people with mental illness. Transitioning to independent living in the community is a long-term goal for many participants and the transition housing elements of Top End House fill an important gap in the mental health support services in the NT,” Ms Egan said.
Senator Scullion said the Building Better Regions Fund received more than 500 applications and this was one of several Territory projects selected among about 100 which were approved.
Other Territory projects to receive funding include:
- $3.6 million for tourism infrastructure on the Tiwi Lands for a new pontoon for ferry passengers and welcome centre;
- $978,714 to develop a Government Business Hub in Borroloola to include offices, larger library, multi-purpose function rooms, new kitchen and new tourism information bay;
- $446,340 for a specialised training centre at Roe Creek near Alice Springs; and
- Elliott’s sport and recreational facilities upgraded with funding of $136,505.
Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash, said she created the Building Better Regions Fund to help build strong communities for decades to come.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and projects like these do exactly that,” Minister Nash said.
“After a competitive merit-based selection process, there are always those who were not successful and are naturally disappointed. We know this and we’ve got dedicated staff in the Department of Industry to give tailored feedback to each unsuccessful applicant to help improve those applications for next time. They can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Minister Nash said she expected to open another round of BBRF before the end of the year.
Minister Nash will announce the successful applicants for funding under the BBRF’s Community Investments Stream – for projects designed to support a range of local capability-building activities – in the coming months.
More information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at:www.business.gov.au/bbrf