Federal government to invest $845,000 over four years into Bunbury Headspace

Headspace IPS worker Doreen Ferretti, Federal MP Nola Marino, Headspace centre manager Maire Eckersley and Headspace program support coordinator Madison Harper. Photo is supplied.
Headspace IPS worker Doreen Ferretti, Federal MP Nola Marino, Headspace centre manager Maire Eckersley and Headspace program support coordinator Madison Harper. Photo is supplied.

The federal government has been splashing some cash within the Forrest electorate recently, including providing money to Bunbury's headspace.

It announced last week it would invest $845,000 over four years which will help it deliver a new program.

This program will be facilitated from the Bunbury office and will assist young people in the South West experiencing mental illness to join the workforce.

Federal member for Forrest Nola Marino said the program would address barriers preventing people with mental health issues from finding and keeping a job.

"By integrating educational and workforce support with clinical mental health services, we can help our young people secure employment opportunities" she said.

"Mental health should not be a barrier to pursuing a fulfilling career and the Individual Placement and Support Program will ensure young people have access to the tailored support they need to thrive in any workplace."

Headspace Bunbury Centre Manager Marie Eckersley welcomed the funding and said the program would help empower people and create job opportunities.

The federal government has also invested $4 million towards South West road upgrades.

Parts of the South Western Highway in Waterloo and Picton, Clifton Road in Brunswick, Forestry Road in Myalup, Henty Road in Burekup and an intersection on Wellington Street in Bunbury will be fixed.

The funding is part of the Commonwealth's 2021-22 Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said community input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

"Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims," Ms Marino said.

Ms Marino also announced that Albermale Lithium would be one of eight companies to be funded as part of the first round of the Commonwealth's Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Albermale received $4.9 million to develop a new LAS Aggregate Plant for the manufacture of lightweight aggregates from LiOH refinery residue material for use in the construction industry.