What is the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub?
The Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub will give people living across the Seymour region access to integrated health and mental health support, together with other vital community services.
To make this a reality requires an investment of $23 million from the Victorian and Federal Governments.
This project was identified as a top priority from the extensive community consultation conducted through the Seymour Revitalisation Project, supporting its aims to build a safer, healthier and more resilient community for all.
The Seymour region has high levels of disadvantage and a lack of established support services compared to other parts of Victoria.
High disengagement and low incomes mean many people in the Seymour region cannot afford private psychological or medical consultations.
This extremely high level of social and economic disadvantage is evident across a range of measures, including:
- Socioeconomic disadvantage score of 897
- Nearly 1 in 5 children developmentally vulnerable in multiple areas
- 3 times the statewide average for family violence rates
- 1 in 3 children do not complete year 12
- 1 in 12 homes are social housing
- 1 in 6 young people are not working or studying
- 1 in 5 homes are not connected to the internet
- 1 in 14 people need assistance for daily living
Investment by the Victorian and Federal Governments will enable local partners to break down deeply entrenched intergenerational disadvantage.
What will Seymour Community Wellbeing offer?
The $23 million multi-level facility will offer of range of services including:
- Mental health support services providing a range of prevention, early intervention and crisis support
- Specialised support for veterans’ physical and mental health, including suicide prevention programs
- Family violence support, including through a Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA), to address high levels of family violence in the local area
- Education, employment and social support for students and young people to unlock future possibilities that would otherwise be out of reach
- Onsite health and wellbeing services directly connected to a library, council customer service centre and a growing sports and recreation precinct
The Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub will be perfectly positioned in the heart of town and will integrate seamlessly with the existing nearby sports, recreation and aquatic facilities.
This Hub will transform Seymour, but it requires an investment of $23 million from the Victorian and Federal Governments to make it a reality.
Mitchell Shire and other project partners have already committed more than $3 million in land and project costs.
This page was last updated on 19 May 2022.