Plans for superclinic go through
THE GP superclinic promised for Bundaberg moved two significant steps closer yesterday.
At a Bundaberg Regional Council planning committee meeting yesterday morning, an application to allow the clinic to be built on the corner of Branyan and Crofton streets was approved.
And the company that is establishing the clinic, Bundaberg Health Promotions, was also given the go-ahead by authorities in Canberra to submit plans for the building to engineers.
Bundaberg Health Promotions CEO Harley Stanton said he was delighted to hear the planning committee had approved their application.
Plans submitted to the council show a substantial building is to be erected on the site.
The superclinic will be a two-storey building, with a large formal office, seminar room, boardroom and general offices in the top floor.
The ground floor will feature rooms for eight GPs, as well as offices for a physiotherapist, complete with a gym, and offices for a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, a dietician, a psychologist and space for a pathology section and two practice nurses.
Dr Stanton said the building had to fit in with the look of buildings nearby, which included the Friendly Society Private Hospital, a specialist centre and a childcare centre.
He said the company planned to use as many local people as possible to carry out the work of building the superclinic.
“This will be good for the area,” he said.
On the staffing issue, Dr Stanton said the initial plan would be to try to attract some local GPs and health professionals, but that was “far down the track for us yet”.
“We have had some approaches from people interested in being in this project,” he said.
“The best possible outcome would be that we develop a clinic that provides the full range of allied health professionals.”
Dr Stanton said the plan at this stage was to have the building completed by the end of 2011.
He said the company was particularly pleased there had been no objections from the community to the clinic.