Killarney misses out on funding
IN another devastating blow to the Killarney community, the town has missed out yet again on funding for a new medical centre under a Federal Government program.
The Department of Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health announced this week a second application by the Killarney Medical Centre Task Force for $400,000 in capital funding had been assessed but rejected.
The Task Force was formed after Killarney’s former medical centre closed its doors in late 2008 due to a unit re-development plan lodged by the owners of the Killarney Hotel next door.
The first application for funding was rejected last November with applications accepted every six months under the Commonwealth’s National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program (NRRHIP).
That round of funding allocated more than $6 million for new health facilities across the nation.
The closure f the Killarney practice has forced residents to travel to Warwick for treatment which has also affected retail activity in the town.
Task Force chairman Cr Ross Bartley said they would apply once again for funding in the next NRRHIP round later this tear.
Federal LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott told the Daily News earlier this year he would lobby Federal Minister for Rural and Regional Health Warren Snowdon and raised the issue in Federal Parliament.
The Daily News contacted Mr Snowdon’s office in February and asked whether he knew where Killarney was or would visit Killarney first-hand to see how dire the situation is, however the questions were not answered.
Instead we received a response stating Mr Snowdon did not run the program, the department did.