SPEAK Up! Speak Now! if you want to get Stage 2 of the IWC Stage 2 IWC
Health & Wellbeing Centre built to serve our community
is the call being put out to the thousands of IWC clients, supporters and
friends in Bundaberg and the Wide Bay / Burnett, as IWC desperately seeks
Federal Government support for the vital development.
"IWC, and the whole of
Bundaberg and Wide Bay, missed out on the last major Federal infrastructure
funding under the National Stronger Regions Round 3, with the whole region receiving
just 0.03 of a percentage point of the total $126.5 million funding,” said IWC
General Manager Wayne Mulvany.
"The Stage 2 development is
needed urgently. It has been stalled for more than a year now due to lack of
government financial support, and some of IWC’s health and medical services –
which are here for everyone – now have waiting lists."
IWC is non-government,
community-run and charitable, and provides health, wellbeing, family and
community services to around 12,500 people in the region, both Indigenous and
non-Indigenous, without barriers.
IWC attended the recent
Federal Government information session in Bundaberg relating to the replacement
for the National Stronger Regions Funding, which has been rebadged as Building
Better Regions Funding and now receiving submissions of up to $10 million for
"The closing date for the
Building Better Regions Funding is the end of February, and IWC is pulling out
all the stops to develop the most powerful submission possible in the hope that
our region can secure the dollar-for-dollar funding for Stage 2. That means IWC
will put in half of the money needed, which is a big effort for a
not-for-profit such as ours but we can achieve it, and the Federal Government
will put in the other half.
"If we win this Building
Better Regions Funding for our community, we can move forward on the vital IWC
Health & Wellbeing Centre Stage 2 development,” said Mr Mulvany. "But at
the information session we were told by the office of Member for Hinkler Keith
Pitt that a petition would certainly add significant weight to the submission,
showing the level of community support there is for Stage 2.”