The Liberal National Government is investing $1.5 million into Western Port to improve the mental health of students and the educational experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
To improve these outcomes for children and their families, the Coalition Government will invest:
• $1 million for the construction of a new, purpose built facility for Abacus Learning Centre
• $200,000 for renovations of the existing Abacus site
• $300,000 for a Wellness Centre specialising in mental health and wellbeing at Western Port Secondary College
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said this funding would provide improved mental health outcomes and educational opportunities for children with ASD.
“Abacus is an integral part of the Mornington Peninsula community,” Minister Hunt said. “On their small site at Western Port Secondary College, they have provided a safe, nurturing environment for children living with ASD.”
“The Liberal National Government is committed to supporting groups like Abacus and just a few days after World Autism Awareness Day, we are delivering $1.2 million to help Abacus and their kids secure a permanent home on the Peninsula.”
“I have walked 500km around the electorate on three occasions to raise funds for Abacus and this funding will ensure the Centre remains a permanent part of education on the Peninsula, supporting local families with children on the autism spectrum.”
“On top of this, our $300,000 investment for Western Port Secondary College means that students will have much improved facilities in order to appropriately manage their mental health.”