Joint Media Release with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development & Leader of The Nationals The Hon Michael McCormack MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
- Works have begun on a new mental health facility for Darwin
- The complex will include rehabilitation services and transitional housing
- The Coalition Government is investing $1.9 million in the project
Construction works is underway on a new mental health facility for Darwin, with the first concrete slabs recently laid for Top End House in the northern suburbs.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said the Coalition Government was investing $1.9 million into Top End House, a new health facility containing rehabilitation and transitional housing.
“TeamHEALTH (Top End Association of Mental Health) has received the funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to build the new mental health facility in Malak,” Senator Scullion said.
“Along with Top End House, the Territory has already benefited from rounds one and two of the Building Better Regions Fund with $15.8 million already invested through 16 projects – driving economic growth in the NT and delivering lasting benefits to our local communities.”
“The CLP has delivered some wonderful projects under the BBRF – projects which will help transform communities, create jobs and improve the lives of Territorians.
“The Coalition Government is investing in better mental health services for Territorians with Top End House to include a 10-bed rehabilitation facility to accommodate people who require 24/7 support.”
Mrs Ganley said the project also includes six independent, one-bedroom transitional housing units with self-contained facilities designed to support Territorians with ongoing mental illness as they transition back into the community and return to independent living.
“This non-clinical, transitional residential facility is the first of its kind in the Northern Territory,” Mrs Ganley said.
“It was great to see Darwin architectural firm, Bennett Design was engaged to create the design that includes an administration centre with overnight staff quarters, several communal living areas including a lounge area, computer/games room, kitchen and laundry.
“TeamHEALTH will provide the other half of the funds for the $3.88 million project.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the project will deliver significant economic, health and social benefits to the community.
“We have had many fantastic projects like this mental health facility funded over the first two rounds of the Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s Building Better Regions Fund,” Mr McCormack said.
“The BBRF supports the Government’s commitment to deliver economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future across regional and remote Australia.”
The project is scheduled for completion in late April 2019.