Malcolm Turnbull visits South East

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rubbed shoulders with locals on a flying visit to the South East on Monday night.

Mr Turnbull visited the South East to get a first-hand look at the region’s new Headspace facility which will be unveiled in the near future, and to meet with business leaders and Liberal Party members.

Headspace is a federal government funded initiative that provides early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year-olds. 

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin was happy to show off the new facility to Mr Turnbull.

“It’s fantastic that Headspace Mount Gambier is now going to move into new purpose-built premises in the next few weeks,” Mr Pasin said.

“It was great for the Prime Minister to see this and talk to the Headspace team about the vital work that Headspace does for our youth in Mount Gambier.”

The latest federal budget will see about $173.8 million invested into new mental health and suicide prevention initiatives over four years.

“The 2017-18 Budget has put a strong focus on mental health and preventive health – key elements of our long-term National Health Plan,” Mr Pasin said.

While the Prime Minister was in Mount Gambier he also met with local school captains, spent time speaking with local business leaders before chatting with locals at Jens Hotel.

MacKillop preselection candidate Nick McBride was among the group who gathered for the chat. 

Mr Turnbull was also presented a copy of the newly released “Love Wool” book by MiniJumbuk's managing director Darren Turner.

Although visiting only briefly this time, the Prime Minister vowed to return to the Barker electorate and spend more time in regional SA.