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Public presentation on proposed North Burnett Health & Wellbeing Community Centre

“EVERYONE is welcome at our Public Presentation on the proposed $2.43 million IWC Health & Wellbeing Community Centre,” says IWC General Manager Wayne Mulvany.

“This is an exciting project – designed to bring a purpose-built health & wellbeing facility to the North Burnett, with access for all people without discrimination or judgement.”

The Public Presentation will be at the Disaster Management Facility at Gayndah Airport on Tuesday 19 November, 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Light refreshments will be served. Details are on the IWC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/iwchealthandwellbeing

“The original concept was initially put at around $1.5 million, but some improvements made mean the completed proposal now sits at $2.43 million,” said Mr Mulvany.

“As a community-driven and Aboriginal-controlled organisation, we are determined to show our commitment to the region by providing a new level of health and wellbeing care for people from all walks of life.

“IWC is committed to delivering Reconciliation in Action every day through our operations, and we have been a constant in the North Burnett region for years. This project has a focus on community capacity-building and inclusion.

“It will deliver a new beginning for the former YMCA site at 24 Fielding St, Gayndah – one that strengthens our communities right across the North Burnett.”

The scope of the IWC project is to deliver:

  • Reception and patient waiting areas
  • Clinical consultation rooms
  • Treatment rooms and sterile area
  • Ambulance / delivery bay
  • Staff office space and lunchroom
  • Interview rooms
  • Community meeting room
  • Community areas / gardens
  • Public amenities and disability toilet area with changerooms / showers
  • Walkways and linkages with adjoining gymnasium space
  • Installation of new lock-up shed
  • Driveways, carparking, walkways and landscaping

It will include refurbishment of the Sports Stadium, which can then be re-opened for community use.

“The stadium closed, along with the rest of the YMCA site, in late 2016, and it is time to bring it back for the community,” said Mr Mulvany. “But most importantly, this project will deliver what the community and North Burnett Regional Council have said is desperately needed in the region – more health and wellbeing services for all in fit-for-purpose facility.”

IWC employs from the communities it serves, and Mr Mulvany said new jobs would be created by the project.