STEP-UP, STEP-DOWN MENTAL
HEALTH FACILITY — KARRATHA
67. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the
Minister for Mental Health:
I refer to a letter received by my
office on 23 November 2018 from the Minister for Mental Health detailing
support measures in place for community consultation for the proposed Karratha
step-up, step-down mental health facility, citing that he recognised the
importance of engaging with consumers, their families and carers, local
residents, the broader community and local authorities.
(1) Apart from
the one meeting mentioned in the minister's letter, how many times has
either the minister and/or the member for Pilbara engaged with the Save Gregory
(2) Would the
minister please detail physical meetings and teleconferences and table any
relevant correspondence resulting from these meetings?
(3) If no to (1),
would the minister please provide a justification for not engaging again with
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question. I am advised as follows.
(1) The Minister
for Mental Health has not had direct engagement with the Save Gregory Way group
and is unaware of any direct contacts the member for Pilbara has had with the
group. Although the Minister for Mental Health has not had direct engagement
with the group, the Mental Health Commission is responsible for coordinating community
engagement in association with the City of Karratha.
(3) Although the
Minister for Mental Health has not had direct engagement, the Mental Health
Commission engages regularly with members of the community in Karratha,
including visiting Karratha. The Mental Health Commission held a teleconference
with two representatives raising concerns about Gregory Way on 19 November