Grace’s Place is named for the late Grace Lynch, mother of nurse Anita Cobby, who was murdered in 1986. The facility was built with a combined $9.4 million construction grant. Commonwealth and NSW Government Assets.
Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention MP Emma McBride said Grace’s Place will provide children affected by homicide with a safe place to heal and recover.
“Half of all mental health problems in adults occur before the age of 14 and traumatic events have a significant impact on a young person’s well-being,” the deputy minister said.
“The Federal Government is proud to invest in a globally unique center like Grace’s Place alongside the NSW Government to ensure children receive the care and support they need to support their mental health and wellbeing. as they recover from trauma.”
NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said Grace’s Place will provide a safe environment for children and young people to begin the journey of healing.
“Grace’s Place will be a place of healing, as Grace Lynch envisioned it, providing counseling and therapeutic programs for children and their families who have lost loved ones to homicide,” Speakman said.
“The Government of New South Wales’ $3.3 million contribution to capital works for Grace’s Place delivers on our 2019 election pledge and is part of our ongoing support for victims of crime and their families. in this state.
“Grace, along with her husband Gary, provided tireless and caring support to many homicide families in the years following the tragic death of their daughter. It is fitting that this marvelous facility be named in his honour. I also thank Gary and Grace’s daughter and homicide victim support group sponsor, Kathryn Szyszka, who continued their valuable work.
Grace and Garry Lynch were fierce advocates for the families of the victims. In 1993 they became founding members of the Homicide Victims Support Group (HVSG), along with Christine and Peter Simpson, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Ebony Simpson.
HVSG Executive Director Martha Jabour OAM said today was an important milestone for everyone involved in building the facility.
“I am grateful to all levels of government for their support, particularly the Commonwealth and State Government who provided $9.4 million to build this world-class facility, and Blacktown City Council and Western Sydney Parklands who provided the land,” Ms Jabour said. .
“An incredible number of people have put in thousands of hours of work planning, developing and fundraising for this project and we are extremely proud to see it come to fruition at this incredibly beautiful site,” said Ms. Jabour.
Grace’s Place will be operated by the HVSG and will become the organization’s headquarters. HVSG will provide information and training to the public, medical professionals, police and professional bodies on the needs of family members affected by homicide, as well as assistance to schools and hospitals.
Construction of Grace’s Place began with a ‘grass bend’ in September 2019. The facility will open early next year, providing accommodation, guidance and support for up to 12 children and their carers from all of New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia.