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13 Jul 2020
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War memorial to get a facelift
Crouch defends need for $7 million roundabout
Bays group has second attempt to elect committee
Community group seeks upgrade to pedestrian crossing
Roadwork funding for Hillview St and North Burge Rd
Council introduces tree register nomination fee
Residents call for Umina Mall buildings to be razed
Free wifi at Woy Woy station
Coastal open space retained in planning statement
Volunteer-run club aims to raise $100,000
Woy Woy tip fees help fund Council solar power project
Councillors to vote on own pay rise
Opposition leader joins Tesch in preschool call
Harwin reinstated as State Government Minister
Maurie Ellis dies - 60 years on the Peninsula
Rotary club holds virtual dog show
New Rotary club keeps most of board for second year
Community group restarts its dunecare program
Bays bushcare group resumes
Garden tour and induction day
Association re-opens Wagstaffe Hall
Charity group holds gathering at Hardys Bay
Wagstaffe Square revitalisation continues
Help wanted for Pretty Beach bushcare
A chance to work in the 'most incredible locations'
Public transport capacity limits eased
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Lockdown library service appreciated
We are losing trees in reserves and on private land
Shuddered at Mt Ettalong Reserve plan
Does Council respond any better than Planning Panel?
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Tesch calls for funding for mental health organisation
Shopping centre donates $3500 to community nurses
Aged care executive says bonus splits workforce
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Young Umina actor to take lead role in Kings Cross play
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Students celebrate International Mud Day
Search finds no asbestos contamination
School planning welcomed at Woy Woy
Education Week to be shared online at Woy Woy South
School to hold kindergarten student interviews
School sets new dates for school photographs
Normal school library rules to apply next term
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Two bowlers could be in both pairs and singles finals
Singles and pairs played at Ettalong
Netball association seeks vice-president

Tesch calls for funding for mental health organisation

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has called for continued funding for Youth Arafmi, an organisation which supports people caring for a family member with mental illness.

"These people care for a family member who has been affected by or lives with a mental illness including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other forms of distress, or is affected by mental illness in their family in some other way.

"Arafmi provides needs assessments, counselling, advocacy as well as liaison and referral to other services."

"Arafmi funding finished at the end of June with no organisation ready to take its place and no handover for clients, leaving vulnerable individuals and families without support."

Ms Tesch said the cuts were short-sighted and would have flow-on effects for individuals and families.

"Every dollar invested in early intervention and improving mental health creates social and economic benefits," she said.

Central Coast Local Health District chief executive Dr Andrew Montague said there had been no cuts to youth mental health funding on the Central Coast.

"The District is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people with a mental illness," he said.

But the District was calling for expressions of interest from organisations to provide clinical therapy services.

"Arafmi is welcome to respond to the expression of interest when released," Dr Montague said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Mr Adam Crouch has expressed support for the tendering process.

"Arafmi has been invited to submit an expression of interest to perform this work on behalf of Central Coast Local Health District.

"This is the normal process and I absolutely have faith in the ability of Dr Montague and his team to make decisions that put our region's health care needs first," Mr Crouch said.

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