Thursday, 21 December 2017

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes today announced over $30,000 in NSW Government funds to support local mental health support services.

The funds are part of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program and include $20,350 for the Burdekin Association and $12,500 for Lifeline Northern Beaches.

The Burdekin Association is currently working with Northern Beaches Council and Barrenjoey High School to establish a youth health hub in the northern part of Pittwater. The funds will assist with the fitout of the hub which will accommodate a range of youth support agencies.

Lifeline Northern Beaches is planning upgrades to its Mona Vale and Avalon Beach charity shops and the allocated funds will support key improvements.

“Lifeline and the Burdekin Association are two of our most important community support organisations,” Rob Stokes said today.

“There’s an immeasurable number of local residents that benefit from these organisations on a daily basis and we should never underestimate the scope of their work.

“Christmas is widely associated with celebration and happiness – but for many it’s a time of loneliness and disappointment and a period when organisations such as these become extremely important.

“We have serious youth mental health issues in our community - so I’m very pleased that Government, Council and the Burdekin Association are taking steps to address the situation and help ensure necessary support opportunities are available.

“I congratulate the Burdekin Association and Lifeline for developing these initiatives and commend them for the invaluable assistance they’ll provide our community over the Christmas and holiday period,” Rob Stokes said.