Task force tackles health facility

ALLORA Task Force is working with council to decide if a new medical facility could be built on the site of the existing health centre.

If the site is suitable, council will apply for funding through the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program on behalf of the Task Force.

Council will also apply on behalf of the Killarney Task Force even though both groups have previously been refused this funding.

Allora Task Force has already secured two doctors and chairman Jon Constable said it would be “full steam ahead” if council deemed the site suitable.

In its budget deliberations council decided not to fund the building and councillors at last month’s committee meetings debated at length the role the local authority should have in the process. Cr Denise Ingram said, “It’s not our core business to provide these facilities but we need to decide what our role is.”

Concern was raised too much time was being spent on the issue and council resolved to write to the Task Force outlining the role of the Economic Development Unit and inviting the group to speak at the next round of meetings.


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