Health centre construction begins
CONSTRUCTION of a multi-million dollar health centre in Pottsville could finally begin next year after eight years of bureaucratic to-and-fro.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the government had announced an additional $438,000 for the project last week, as the original funding did not cover the rise in building costs over the years.
Approval has now been given for the tender process to begin, following the approval of the development application by Tweed Shire Council.
Health minister Jillian Skinner said the calling of tenders was a milestone.
"Planning for this service began in 2003 and it has taken eight years and a change in government to arrive at this milestone where tenders could be called," Mrs Skinner said.
Mr Provest said the Pottsville HealthOne centre would be a one-stop-shop, combining general practitioners, community health and allied health professionals, delivering medical and health services from one location.
"The Pottsville community has waited for this project for too long, and I am excited this government is getting on with the job of delivering the HealthOne," he said.
"I imagine, allowing a few weeks for Christmas, that the tender process should be finalised by February or March and then construction can begin.
"It's a great thing for Pottsville, a vibrant community and a great place."
The centre will be built on Elizabeth St next to the Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre.
Tweed Shire Council approved the location of the centre last month, despite concerns it would block a koala corridor, as the project was in danger of losing funding if approval was delayed.