Works Minister and Greenough MLA Kevin Minson today announced the successful tenderer to build Dongara's new $3.6 million multi-purpose health centre.
Mr Minson said the centre would provide Dongara residents with a much-needed and state-of-the art health services.
"Jaxon Construction Pty Ltd won the tender to build the facility and work is now underway," he said.
"The centre will be partially completed by May 13, 1997 and ready for business by June."
Mr Minson said Jaxon Construction's tender was one of five bids.
The centre would provide for a range of services including:
rooms for general practitioners and dentistry;
accident and emergency services;
home and community care areas with day centre activities;
provision for occupational and physiotherapy; and -
aged care hostel accommodation which will be also suitable for nursing home care.
Funding was being provided through the Health Department of Western Australia.
"It is intended that the final design for the facility will be in keeping with the character of Dongara's Russ Cottage," Mr Minson said.
"The centre will be a group of small buildings on top of a magnificent greenfield site overlooking the Indian Ocean between Dongara and Port Denison.
"Initial earthworks have been completed by the Irwin Shire and building can begin in earnest."
Irwin Shire clerk Jack Pickering said the launch of the centre was the culmination of years of work by the shire and the community, in particular the members of Project Control Group.
"The local authority has been trying to obtain a hospital or large medical facility for the Irwin district for a number of years and made a number of representations to the State Government on the matter," he said.
"The community committee completed a needs survey on the whole district then worked on the design and siting of the centre.
"The Project Control Group paid particular attention to the design to ensure Irwin's rapid expansion was catered for."
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