• Tony Bosworth

Demand for free psychology and counselling at Bligh Park jumps 300% - MP backs new centre

A plan to upgrade a disused building near the Bligh Park Community Centre to provide mental health support services is being supported by Macquarie MP Susan Templeman.

Ms Templeman was approached last year by Bligh Park Community Services to support the plan after demand for its free psychology and counselling services jumped by more than 300 per cent in 2020.

MP Susan Templeman with Di Russell, Catherine Murphy and Maria Sarina of Bligh Park Community Services

“Last year brought bushfires, flooding, and the uncertainty and job losses of Covid to the doorsteps of many Hawkesbury residents, and providers like Bligh Park Community Services stepped up to provide the support that so many needed,” Ms Templeman said.

“I congratulate Centre Director Catherine Murphy and her team, including Maria Sarina and Di Russell, for the service they are extending to the most vulnerable in the community.

“But a lack of space has proved a real problem.

“The service approached me with a great idea to upgrade the disused building near the Neighbourhood Centre so it could be used as a community space facilitating mental well-being, and it’s something I fully support.

“The service has very well-costed and thought-out plans to convert this small building to provide a counselling room, so they can better provide these much-needed free services to our community.

“I look forward to working with Hawkesbury City Council to get the approvals for these plans done so the project is shovel-ready, should any funding become available.

“This is a tangible example of ways in which the community is stepping up to tackle mental health issues, because governments have failed to provide the support people need.”

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