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Healthy and happy to open new Pottsville HealthOne centre

Geoff Provest, Karina White, Dr Zekri Palushi and NSW minister for health Jillian Skinner at the the opening of Health One centre, Pottsville.
Geoff Provest, Karina White, Dr Zekri Palushi and NSW minister for health Jillian Skinner at the the opening of Health One centre, Pottsville. John Gass

HEALTHY people are happy people, so it was no surprise that NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner was ecstatic to officially open the Pottsville HealthOne today.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland and MP Geoff Provest joined Mrs Skinner to open the $3.7 million one-stop health centre, which combines an array of convenient medical practitioners under one roof.

Mrs Skinner said the centre would be an asset to Pottsville and surrounding areas.

"It's a really exciting day for people at Pottsville, but also for me," she said.

"Finally a brand new building, one-stop shop. GP services and dental and a whole lot of allied health professionals.

NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner opens the Pottsville HealthOne centre
NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner opens the Pottsville HealthOne centre John Gass

Mrs Skinner said that physios, speech and occupational therapists would form part of the clinic's services, as well as an Aboriginal dietetic program.

"Planning for this service began in 2003 and it has taken ten years and a change of Government to be able to officially open this service to the public," she said.

Cr Longland was also happy to hear the centre was going to be up and running in the coming weeks after some issues during construction.

"I'm so pleased to be here at the opening by the minister from Sydney," he said.

"This centre has been a long time in the making and it's had a few hurdles that we've had to overcome.

One of the hurdles included a tree located directly in the middle of the proposed construction site, which was eventually felled by Tweed Shire Council to make way for the centre.

Mr Provest said that the people of Pottsville would see some greats benefits from the new centre.

"A lot of these services people here in Pottsville had to travel to Tweed or further, so therefore they've got it right here," he said.

Dr Zekri Palushi was one of the new general practitioners at the clinic and said he was thrilled to start work in the tight-knit town.

"It's excellent, I've got a beautiful office here and I'm looking forward to starting to practice at the centre," he said.

"After I get settled in, it'll feel just like home."

The Pottsville HealthOne is situated conveniently close to the town centre in Elizabeth St.

Topics:  barry longland, geoff provest, jillian skinner, pottsville



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