A Griffith councillor says she is waiting to hear back from the New South Wales Health Minister after raising the need for a mental health unit in the city.
Anne Napoli says it was a Labor Government promise made before construction of the new mental health unit in Wagga Wagga.
Councillor Napoli says she reminded Minister, Jillian Skinner, on her pre-election visit to Griffith in March, that $10m had been pledged for a non-acute unit in Griffith.
“We worked very hard in regards to finding a suitable site, worked on plans and then every time I asked a question where we were up to I was told it was sitting on the minister’s desk,” she said.
“It was the previous government.
“Jillian Skinner promised me she would have a good look at it and make sure she’ll find where it is and where it’s up to, and it is something that I think she will definitely look favourably upon it.”
The Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli, says he is happy to advocate for a mental health unit in Griffith.
“She (Councillor Napoli) may well have raised it with Minister Skinner when she was there, but I don’t know where that was up to,” he said.
“It was a promise made by the previous Labor Government that they never delivered on in Griffith, but I’m happy to reconsider it because we always need more support for mental health in Griffith, right across the region.
“So always happy to hear people’s ideas.”
Councillor Napoli says there is a need for a locally based mental health facility.
“This one here was certainly promised for Griffith,” she said.
“Remember it’s non acute, so initially patients will go to Wagga and be treated there and then come to Griffith for the ongoing treatment.”
This article first appeared on ‘ABC’ on 7 July 2015.