Support is needed for a renewed push for a medical centre for Killarney say Dave Thomson and John Randall.
Support is needed for a renewed push for a medical centre for Killarney say Dave Thomson and John Randall.

Petition for medical centre

A CAMPAIGN to get funding for the new Killarney Medical Centre is ramping up with a petition due to be distributed around the town.

Killarney Task Force is hoping to get well over 250 signatures on the petition, which will be used to support the funding application for the new facility.

Through the National Regional and Rural Health Infrastructure Program, the task force is asking for $450,000 for the centre, which is crucial to maintain doctor support for the overall community as well as the hospital.

Copies of the petition will be available at the co-op, newsagency, veterinary surgery, post office and other locations.

Killarney Task Force was formed after Killarney’s former medical centre closed its doors in late 2008.

It has been battling for cash to build its new facility and in July its funding application was rejected by the Department of Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health.

Before that it was also refused money last November.

The application closes on September 30, with a decision due to be made some time in December.

A funding application has also been made by the Allora community for funding for its own medical centre.

Allora has already secured two doctors to run its centre.

Dave Thomson is the President of the Killarney Memorial Aged Care Society who run the Killarney Hospital and their AGM is tomorrow night at the Rec Centre.

Mr Thomson is keen to get as many of the locals to attend to maintain the viability of the Aged Care facility in Killarney.

The provision of the Medical Centre is crucial to maintain doctor support for the overall community as well as the Hospital.

Inquiries to Dave on 4664 1344.



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