The big blue bus arrived in the Far West NSW Medicare Local region in late August, 2014.
First stop was Cobar on 26 August, where Beyond Blue’s Bron Collins spoke to students at Cobar High School about the importance of maintaining good mental health and how to help a friend.
That evening, the National Roadshow team attended the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club for a community night out. The event was organised by local services Richmond PRA and House With No Steps, with the Rotary Club of Cobar cooking up a free barbecue and comedian Kevin Kropinyeri entertaining the crowd.
The following day the big blue bus set up at the Ronnie Gibbs Gala Day in Bourke. The annual rugby league and netball tournament is an opportunity for hundreds of students from across the far west to gather and take part in friendly competition. Hosted by the Far West Academy of Sport, former professional rugby league player Ronnie Gibbs and talent scouts are also on hand to encourage the upcoming crop of young talent.
On 28 August the Roadshow team dropped into the Essential Energy depot in Bourke. The Essential Energy team cooked up breakfast and opened up their tea room for an informal ‘round the breakfast table’ discussion about mental health. The big blue bus then headed over to Bourke’s Central Park for a free community barbecue with support from the Bourke Aboriginal Medical Service and CentreCare.
Brewarrina was the next stop, with the Roadshow arriving for a free morning tea on Friday 29 August. The Country Women’s Association provided a delicious spread of platters and locals took the opportunity to find out more about depression and anxiety and the work of Beyond Blue.
The team then hit the road to travel to the outback mining town of Lightning Ridge. The Lightning Ridge Men’s Shed helped cook up a free community barbecue in the main street, with many locals dropping by to pick up free Beyond Blue resources.
The bus returned to the Far West NSW Medicare Local region with a visit to Broken Hill in May 2015. On Saturday 2 May, the team set up in Argent Street for a free community barbecue. Lots of people took the opportunity to make a mental health pledge and have a chat.
Thanks to all the wonderful communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
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