Champion health and community services for Chittering

Media Release

WT359/2015

06 November 2015

Joint release with:

Kim Hames

WA Minister for Health

Graham Partridge

Commissioner, Shire of Chittering

Linda Reynolds

Senator for Western Australia

Chittering Shire residents now have better access to vital health and community services with today's opening of the $2.64 million Chittering Multi-Purpose Community Health Centre in Bindoon.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said regional communities are a focus of Australian Government investment.

“Residents previously had to visit two separate buildings to access vital health services. This upgrade will provide a convenient location for the whole community by incorporating all current health services in the one building,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is investing in hundreds of projects like these through initiatives such as the $350 million Community Development Grants Programme and $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund, each of which will ensure regional communities can prosper.”

Senator for Western Australia Linda Reynolds, who helped officially open the new facility today, said the project was an example of the Government delivering better services in regional areas.

“Regional communities deserve access to the same level of health care services as our major cities, and this project has delivered an important infrastructure upgrade to the community,” Senator Reynolds said.

“The previous arrangements were unsustainable and I am delighted this centre is now open to the public—particularly with the region's population set to grow in coming decades.”

Western Australian Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Kim Hames said he was pleased to see a solution being delivered for an identified community need.

“The works have included the delivery of five consulting rooms and two treatment rooms for patients, a dietitian's room, a child health service room, a training/meeting room, office space and a physiotherapy room,” Dr Hames said.

“Furthermore, the addition of respite care facilities for senior citizens will support the community's ageing population.”

Shire President Cr Steve Vallance said the Shire's $750,000 commitment was an important investment in the council's ability to service the health needs of residents.

“By locating essential health services in the same building residents will have the opportunity to save time,” Cr Vallance said.

“For example they could go to the doctor for a check-up and simply go across the hall to receive other related allied health services provided by the Health Department.”

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, Western Australian Government and Shire of Chittering. The Australian Government and Western Australian Government committed $450,000 and $1.44 million respectively.