Medical centre plans go ahead
IN Killarney yesterday to inspect the “green field” site for the proposed new medical centre, Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott was confident the government would look beyond the shut down of the abattoir when considering the funding application.
Mr Scott said the focus should be on bringing a doctor to a town with a dire need for medical services.
“If people have to go out of town for their medical needs they often take their commercial activities with them,” he said.
“So it is imperative we support the Killarney Taskforce in developing this project.”
The taskforce this week released plans for a purpose-built medical centre on a 4000sq m site on Arbutus Street in Killarney.
Southern Downs Regional Council economic development officer John Randall said the council, in conjunction with the taskforce, had resubmitted an application for round two of the National Regional and Rural Health Infrastructure Program.
“We do expect to hear back within 10 weeks,” Mr Randall said.
Mr Scott said securing the $450,000 funding would allow the construction of a medical centre in a strategic site in the town.
“This is the ideal model for attracting a GP to the region; alternatively a GP wishing to come here would have to outlay costs to build a new centre,” he said.
“I have been right behind this project from the start and I will be taking Killarney Taskforce’s case to Canberra.”