Future of Palmerston Association secured at Brunswick
The future of Palmerston Association in Brunswick has been secured with the State Government committing to fund the centre for at least the next three and a half years.
The organisation has been awarded more that $1.1 million annually from January 1.
The funding will allow for an extra nine beds at the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, boosting its capacity to 19.
Palmerston chief executive officer Sheila McHale said the funding meant the centre could provide for 100 people a year.
“This funding means our future,” she said. “It will be the sort of quality of support that families in the South West have been crying out for.”
The centre opened has already been servicing the area since it opened in February.
“When we opened we were not guaranteed funding beyond December 2018,” Ms McHale said. “In that time we’ve already supported about 25 people.”
Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said the new residential beds would provide support for people and their families.
“We’ve listened to the community and they’ve been telling us more services in the South West are needed to help treat alcohol and drug issues,” he said.
Mr Cook praised the advocacy work of Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke and Bunbury MLA Don Punch.
For Mr Murray the funding was particularly special and hit close to home.
“I’ve seen what happens in families because it has been in my own house,” he said.
“It’s so important that they get that professional help to be able to move on in life.
“I think it is something that people don’t quite understand because they say ‘they should get over it’, but it’s not that easy because it’s mental health as much as physical health.
“If you don’t get that support you can really struggle.”
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