An upgrade to the Banksia Acute Mental Health facility in Tamworth is now being considered for State Government funding, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has confirmed today.

Mr Anderson said following his call to have the results from a state-wide audit into mental health facilities fast-tracked, Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies has advised that there is a strong case to upgrade the facility to more modern standards. 

“This is fantastic news for our community and a massive step forward in my campaign to build a better Banksia,” Mr Anderson said. 

“My next step will be to lobby for planning money so that we can continue to move towards an improved facility for our community.

“If we can move the project into the planning phase this will allow us to work with clinicians and experts to ensure Banksia meets the needs of a modern facility.

“I thank the community for their support and I still look forward to receiving a community petition of over 12,000 signatures later this week which I will table in Parliament.” 

Mr Anderson said the 25 bed facility, opened in 1993, plays an important role in mental health services for our region.

“We know that there is incredible work being done in our community to help support those with mental health issues but when people are acutely unwell we need to ensure we can provide a quality facility to assist them in their recovery.  

“I am proud to say we have the very best staff, now I want to see a facility to match.

The project will now be considered for inclusion in the State-wide Mental Health Investment Strategy which is being prepared for consideration by Government. 

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