Noosa Tigers plans to build $ 1.4 million mental fitness center
By Abbaye Cannan
The Noosa Tigers Australian Football Club has released powerful plans to build a first-class $ 1.4 million community health and wellness center.
The hub is designed to provide educational and physical support to the general community, sports clubs and schools.
The man behind the plan, Tony Frawley, was inspired to prevent mental health issues after his brother, AFL great Danny Frawley passed away following his battle with depression.
“About two years ago my brother Danny, who was a top AFL player and commentator, committed suicide,” said Frawley.
“We are now building a $ 20 million mental health facility on its former AFL land in Melbourne.
“I have worked with the AFL for over 30 years as CEO, and when I moved to Noosa they asked me to review the development of their facility.
“I was like, well, let’s try to put a mental health center inside the Noosa sports center because it’s so important.
“One of the best places to talk about mental health is at a sports club because there are so many diverse groups of people there. “
The plans include educational facilities, consultation rooms, and mental health information and education facilities for schoolchildren and other community groups.
“The AFL has developed three mental health courses that people can take to gain accreditation upon completion,” said Mr. Frawley.
“The Noosa Tigers will be the first club in Australia to take these courses and it will be like a testing ground for the AFL.
“It’s not just AFL focused. I want to make sure that every club on the Sunshine Coast can have access to the classes.
“We specifically want to teach people to identify the triggers that cause mental health problems. “
The proposed funding target includes $ 600,000 from the federal government, $ 400,000 from the state government of Queensland, $ 200,000 from the Noosa Shire Council, $ 100,000 from Noosa Tigers AFC and $ 100,000 from the AFLQ Grand Final Legacy Fund.
“We already have the $ 200,000 and we have applied for a grant to the federal and state government for $ 1.2 million,” said Mr. Frawley.
“We hope to get a positive response from the government in early December,” said Mr Frawley.
“We are confident that we can start building in the middle of next year and finish it very quickly. “
The crisis assistance services are available 24 hours a day: Lifeline 13 11 14; Suicide reminder service 1300 659 467; Child helpline 1800 55 1800; MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78; Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.