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


That 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 infrastructure projects.


"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.”