The State Government has approved a transfer of Crown land to the Silver Chain so it can upgrade accommodation for nursing staff at Eucla.
The transfer by the Department of Lands will help Silver Chain in its efforts to upgrade accommodation for the permanent remote area nurse and build a separate one-bedroom guest residence for visiting nurses.
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the not-for-profit organisation provided critical healthcare to the remote community with the closest hospital 500km away.
Last year another parcel of Crown land was transferred to Silver Chain to build a new health centre. Construction of the clinic is due to start in November 2013.
Mr Grylls said refurbishments to the nurses’ quarters would make working and living at the centre more attractive for medical staff.
“This will help attract and retain quality healthcare professionals to Eucla,’’ he said.
“It’s important to improve accommodation for the nurses who provide healthcare to those living or passing through this remote location.”
Under the terms of the transfers, the land must exclusively be used for healthcare services or associated housing.
Silver Chain has had a presence in Eucla since 1979.
Eucla is the eastern-most town in Western Australia, just 11km from the South Australian border
The closest hospitals to Eucla are at Ceduna (500km away in South Australia) and Norseman (715km away in WA)
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