GP superclinic steams ahead
WORK on Bundaberg's long-delayed GP superclinic is looming with the process of removing three houses from allotments on Branyan and Crofton streets beginning yesterday morning.
The houses' removal coincided with the start of community consultations for the material change of use development application.
The $5 million clinic was delayed after the Federal Government took more than two years to announce who would be operating the clinic.
Since Bundaberg Health Promotions was announced as the operator in April this year work has been progressing rapidly.
Bundaberg Health Promotions CEO Harley Stanton said the houses would be removed over the next few weeks.
“One house is moving to a farm in Gin Gin, another to storage at south Bingera and we have donated the third house to provide accommodation to mental health patients needing short-term accommodation,” he said.
“This will be moved to a property at Elliott Heads Road where Harts Accommodation Services will renovate and prepare the house for very needed support accommodation.”
Dr Stanton said in the next four to six weeks they would be opening up tenders for construction of the super clinic.
“We're hoping to have it completed by November 2011, that's what our aim is,” he said.
“Whether it is possible for it to be finished by then remains to be seen.”
The superclinic will be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and on Saturdays from 8am to noon.
The facility will feature eight GP offices, two family consultation rooms, a dietician, a speech therapist, a physio and a physio gym.
The superclinic will be placed on 74 and 74a Crofton Street and 12 and 14 Branyan Street.