TODAY the people of Killarney can sing the hallelujah hymn, because the new doctor is officially in town.
Dr David Walkden-Brown and his wife Leigh opened the doors of Ivy St Medical Centre today, to cater for the communities of Killarney, Mt Colliery, Tannymorel, Yangan, Murray's Bridge, Emuvale, Spring Creek, Acacia Plateau and Legume.
Southern Downs mayor Ron Bellingham said he was thrilled the medical centre was up and running.
"The community deserves it. I'm hoping it will be a long-term solution to what has been an ongoing problem," Cr Bellingham said.
The medical centre was a massive community effort, with volunteers from across the region all pitching in.
MBC Construction played a huge part in the building of the centre, which was initiated by the Killarney Co-op.
Kay Watts from The Falls said it was great to see the centre up and running.
"It's really good; the best news we've had for ages," Mrs Watts said.
She said it gave her peace of mind knowing she did not have to venture to Warwick to seek medical attention.
Killarney Real Estate agent Rob Hall was also pleased with the opening and said the real estate market in the area could only benefit.
"It's always in the back of people's minds (whether there is a medical centre nearby), so it's a huge plus," Mr Hall said.
The practice information sheet is available from the surgery, with operating hours and fee structure.