THE Grenfell Health Hub has been described as a game-changing medical facility by The Nationals’ Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack who officially opened the building today.

Mr McCormack fought hard to secure the $950,000 in funding through Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

“This medical centre is more than a building – it will be the centre point of delivering new and improved medical services on the ground and play a key role in Weddin Shire Council’s Wellness Plan,” Mr McCormack said.

“Grenfell residents richly deserve this centre, which will attract and retain dental professionals thanks to state of the art facilities.

“The centre will keep money in Grenfell because we know that when a person travels out of town to see a doctor they are more likely to buy their prescriptions there and, indeed, their groceries and other goods and services.”

 “Grenfell and district resident have needed better access to healthcare and I am proud to say The Nationals in Government have delivered for them.

“The Liberals and Nationals have made good on the commitment to provide better medical pathways for regional Australians.

“This is a fantastic day for the local community and I am delighted to attend the official opening of this important facility.”

Weddin Shire Council contributed $1.8 million towards the total project cost of $2.75 million.

Mr McCormack said the BBRF was used to provide money to regional and rural areas.

“This fund is for regional Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“The BBRF is not only delivering vital projects across the Riverina and Central West, such as main street upgrades for Cowra, Gundagai Forbes and Parkes, it is creating jobs and driving economic growth in our local communities.”

Some of the other projects delivered in the Riverina and Central West through the BBRF include:

·         $5.35 million towards upgrading Temora airport

·         $307,442 towards replacing roof at the Japanese Gardens

·         $867,241 towards upgrading commercial precinct at Forbes

·         $3.5 million towards upgrading the Gundagai sewage treatment works

·         $4.2 million towards upgrading Parkes main street and Cooke Park multipurpose centre

·         $829,619 towards Cowra central business district facelift

Shane Manning