MEDIA RELEASE

16 June 2020

 

Tim Quilty quizzes Health Minister over bushfire recovery mental health support

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has put the Victorian Government on the spot over support for regional mental health support.

Referring to the challenges facing communities which are recovering from this summer’s bushfires, Mr Quilty quizzed Health Minister Jenny Mikakos over funding for mental health support services.

Mr Quilty referred to the owner of the historic homestead Towong Hill Station, John Mitchell.

“The station’s owner … lost many irreplaceable treasures from his childhood,” Mr Quilty said, “but he is moving forward, not letting his loss bring him to a halt.”

Mr Quilty said Mr Mitchell, son of author Elyne Mitchell, recognised that for many, the struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of bushfires is “a battle easily lost”.

“He has donated $250,000 of his own money to mental health programs at Corryong Health to try to assist,” Mr Quilty said.

“Does the Minister believe that such private contributions highlight the lack of support for mental health in regional Victoria?”

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