Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
- $100,000 for Katherine mental health project under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment stream
- Over 100 Community Investment stream projects will share in more than $4 million
Mental health support in Katherine is set to receive a boost following the announcement of a successful project under the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment stream.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, said the community-based project was a positive investment in the Katherine region’s future.
“This is a fantastic outcome for Katherine, with a Mental Mates Community Education and Leadership Development Programme receiving $100, 000,” Senator Scullion said.
Ms Price said the $100, 000 grant was going to Australian Red Cross Blood Service to run the Mental Mates programme in Katherine south.
“The Mental Mates Community Education and Leadership Development Programme will build the skills, capacity and resilience among 160 Mates in Katherine who will support each other and reach out to others (Mental Mates), addressing issues that lead to suicide intervention and prevention and raising the profile of the issue among the broader Katherine community,” Ms Price said.
“As well as the funding for Mental Mates, the Coalition is providing $1.3 million for a headspace for young people in Katherine giving youth greater access to mental health support as well as $217,500 for the Katherine YMCA Indigenous Youth Programme.
Mental Mates founder Dylan Lewis said, “We are very appreciative of the funding for mental mates. It will go a long way in assisting us in our goal of hiring a full time mental health crisis support trainer, who will service the Katherine region and hopefully many other communities throughout the territory.
“We have trained around 350 people so far with the mental health first aid course, which as been delivered for free through volunteers. The growth of the amount of people being able to access this through the funding is a very exciting prospect, as a stats have shown that every person that has been trained has gone on to help an average of five people, which in our town as well as outlying communities will hopefully go a long way to lowering the amount of friends and family we loose to suicide, which is currently twice the national average in our region. A big thankyou to all involved in securing this funding for Mental Mates, we will work hard to make sure it is spent wisely to continue our community support,” Mr Lewis said.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Building Better Regions Fund continues to deliver major benefits for rural, regional and remote communities throughout Australia.
“The Community Investment stream of the Building Better Regions Fund is another part of our plan for regional Australia. It supports community activities from expanded local events and strategic planning to improving leadership and capability,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Under round two, the Coalition Government is investing more than $4 million in over 100 Community Investment stream projects across Australia valued at over $7.3 million.
“This is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs which will beef up local economies.”
Dr McVeigh said the Coalition Government invested an additional $200 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to deliver another round of the Building Better Regions Fund.
“This is another great outcome delivered for regional Australia. The Coalition has a plan to deliver a stronger economy and more jobs and we are focused on getting it done.”
Successful projects for round two of the Infrastructure stream will be announced in the near future.
A full list of successful round two projects under the Community Investment stream are available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf