TACSI has joined the Fay Fuller Foundation to visit all of the nine South Australian towns and regions shortlisted for the Our Town initiative.
Our Town is a mental health funding initiative that will ultimately see two SA towns receive 10 years of funding and support.
The travelling team is more than halfway through this very picturesque and enlightening journey.
The tour started on the River Murray in Mannum. Visitors are drawn here by the relaxing and idyllic river lifestyle, however, this is only part of the story for this region. The problems of being in a council area with such a large geographic footprint were soon apparent. The Mid Murray council area includes 220km of the River Murray and stretches to the eastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges and almost into the Barossa Valley. This causes major challenges for the provision of health services, particularly for those without transport. Other factors including prolonged drought are also impacting on people’s mental health.