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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1220 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 November 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


1220. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the proposed step-up, step-down mental health facility to be built in Karratha.

(1) What consultation has been undertaken with —

(a) the residents of Gregory Way; and

(b) the wider community?

(2) What information has been provided to residents about the facility, including evidence of successful integration in residential settings?

(3) Is the minister concerned that the member for Pilbara's public commentary on this issue is creating fear and misunderstanding within the community?

(4) What are the current time lines for the proposed facility?

(5) Are any alternative locations being considered?

(6) If yes to (5), what are the alternative locations?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) (a) The Mental Health Commission in collaboration with the City of Karratha undertook a letter drop to houses on Gregory Way and surrounding streets on 12 July 2018 informing them of the proposed use of the land at lot 502 Gregory Way. In August 2018, a representative of the Mental Health Commission met with two residents of Gregory Way and another person living in an adjacent street who expressed an interest in receiving additional information regarding the step-up, step-down service. On 19 November 2018, the officers of the Mental Health Commission undertook a teleconference with two residents of Gregory Way.

(b) The Mental Health Commission has met with a range of stakeholders in the Karratha community, including the Pilbara Mental Health Service, WA Primary Health Network Alliance, Mawarnkarra Health Service and Mission Australia. In August 2018, the Mental Health Commission spoke with the Karratha Community Association. In October 2018, officers from the Mental Health Commission met with the principal and school board of management of St Paul's Primary School to provide them with information regarding the Pilbara step-up, step-down service. During the October 2018 visit, the Mental Health Commission officers met with a member of the Karratha community who was expressing support for the step-up, step-down service at its proposed location.

(2) The Mental Health Commission has responded to the specific questions raised by residents, produced a pamphlet that outlines the function of the step-up, step-down services, and directed residents to the frequently asked questions and five videos of service users and service providers who describe the value of the step-up, step-down service, which are available on the Mental Health Commission's website.

(3) I am aware that the member for Pilbara presented a community-initiated petition to Parliament regarding the former preferred site, although I am unaware of any further commentary with regard to the Gregory Way site.

(4) Planning for the Pilbara step-up, step-down service is on schedule. It is estimated that practical completion will be achieved by June 2020.

(5) No. Following previous consideration of options, the Gregory Way site remains the government's preferred location.

(6) Not applicable.