AGENCIES keen to run the Albury-Wodonga headspace centre can now register expressions of interest.
The youth mental health organisation opened submissions at the weekend and will hold an information session in Wodonga on Thursday.
Submissions close on October 18 at 5pm.
Headspace director of centre expansion Pat O’Leary said that while the public could attend the information session it was aimed at the interested agencies.
“It’s all the nitty-gritty stuff,” he said.
“It’s an overview of (the expressions of interest) process, taking any questions.
“It’s fairly orientated around informing the agencies interested in being involved.”
Mr O’Leary said regardless of the number of submissions it would take until April to complete approval processes and business models, with grant agreements to be signed by the chosen agency in May.
It would then take six months to set up the headspace centre to open in November next year.
The centre opening date is not expected to come forward despite regular meetings of a headspace planning group, involving 15 agencies.
Gateway Community Health planned to have its expression of interest completed by the end of September, supported by services including Albury-Wodonga Health, Medicare Local and Junction Support Services.
Gateway mental health manager Loretta Foster said the opening of expressions of interest process was encouraging.
“Until now we haven’t had anything solid to work with,” she said.
“We’re starting to see it go from a great idea to a real thing, from a concept to a reality.”
Mr O’Leary said the community’s ground work had created a “good environment” for a headspace centre.
“We’re very confident it’s going to come up well,” he said.
The information session will be held at YMCA Wodonga in Hedgerow Court on Thursday at 10am.
To view the documenttation or obtain more information, go to headspace.org.au.