Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Doors wide open for methamphetamine peer support in Bunbury

    5/11/2017 2:30 PM
    • ​$100,000 Local Projects, Local Jobs funding for Bunbury and South-West families fighting meth
    • McGowan Government building strong communities, safer communities, and providing support for families.

    A community group established by two Bunbury mother's affected by their children's methamphetamine use has been given $100,000 in funding to help recovering users and the people who support them.


    Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Bunbury MLA Don Punch announced the delivery of the funding at Doors Wide Open in South Bunbury today.


    In 2016-17, there was a 65 per cent increase in treatment episodes for amphetamine-type stimulants in Bunbury compared with five years ago.


    Mr Punch, and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, led the local campaign for the funding during the 2017 State Election, committing $50,000 each from Local Projects, Local Jobs.


    The Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program provides grants to community organisations such as not-for-profit organisations, to deliver important upgrades to facilities and programs.


    The State Budget included an allocation of $39 million for Local Projects, Local Jobs, which will go toward more than 750 projects in metropolitan and regional Western Australia.


    People in Bunbury and the South-West can access the South West Alcohol and Drug Services for free and confidential treatment and support services or phone the Alcohol and Drug Support Line for free help on 9442 5000 (metro) or 1800 198 024 (regional).


    Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:


    "It is a positive development to see more treatment being provided for methamphetamine use which is why we are continuing to fund services such as Doors Wide Open to provide vital support directly to families and communities.


    "Tackling alcohol and other drug use and associated harms is complex and government and non-government organisations must work together with the community to achieve results".


    Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:


    "I am very pleased to present this funding for such an important regional community-run organisation.


    "Doors Wide Open is run by committed and invested individuals in Julie Kent and Lina and Courtney Pugh, who will now be able to further support people recovering from methamphetamine use and their loved ones, as they work towards a better future together.


    "Helping our regional communities to support each other can lead to healthier, safer and more connected communities."


    Minister's office - 6552 6500