A NEW counselling service has been set-up in Gunnedah to support locals who have struggled to come to terms with the alleged murder of a young girl last week.
It comes as police finished searching the property on the outskirts of town where a teenage girl allegedly killed the young relativelast Wednesday morning.
A search of the crime scene at the family farm by Oxley police, forensic officers and Strike Force Wilima detectives wrapped up at the weekend.
It has now been cleared and the crime scene guard removed.
Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and building their case into the events that led to the shock death of the young girl who was staying at the property for the school holidays.
A teenager is in juvenile detention on one count of murder but much of the detail surrounding the case cannot be reported for legal reasons.
A magistrate last week suppressed key details of the case including the nature of the alleged victim's injuries, along with any information that tends to identify the families involved.
Now, a new counselling service has opened in the centre of town to help locals.
On Monday, Gunnedah Shire Council said Whitehaven Coal was funding a psychological support service in the wake of "the recent tragedy that has occurred in Gunnedah".
The counselling service will run until July 24 for anyone who needs it in the town, free of charge.
"Whitehaven is temporarily expanding its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help all members of the Gunnedah community access free, confidential psychology services over the next fortnight," a council spokesperson said.
The confidential consulting space has been set up in the Creative Arts Meeting room of The Civic in Chandos Street.
The service will offer face to face appointments for locals between 10am and 8pm on weekdays, and 8am-4pm on weekends.
Council said phone and consultations over Zoom will also be available but bookings are essential.
To make an appointment, contact the EAP provider NewPsych on (02) 4926 5005.
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