Super Clinic storming ahead

CIONSTRUCTION of the controversial $6.38 million Snowy River GP Super Clinic in Jindabyne is storming ahead, reaching the crucial mid point and is fast approaching the opening date of early June, to coincide with the 2014 ski season.

There is a funding shortfall of $880,000 promised by the outgoing Labor government before last year's September election.

The new Coalition government refused to honour this commitment, citing budgetary constraints.

The Snowy River Shire Council pressed ahead with the Super Clinic anyway and is seeking alternative sources of funding.

The council says that Edwards Construction has kept the project on time and on budget and the building is progressing at a rapid pace.

It has also provided an added boost for local employment over the summer months through the high percentage of local builders and tradies on site.

In late February the council signed a lease with Nuggets Crossing Family Practice which will operate the GP medical services on Level 2 of the GP Super Clinic.

Dr Cath Newman has been an integral and important member of the working group and assisted with the original application for the GP Super Clinic.

According to the council, Nuggets Crossing Family Practice will continue to provide much needed medical services to the local community and will operate from the new purpose built facility with an increased number of consultation rooms and treatment beds.

A welcome new addition to the Snowy River GP Super Clinic will be digital imaging.

The council will take delivery of a new digital X-Ray machine before the opening of the Super Clinic. X-Ray services are not currently available in Jindabyne.

"This new digital equipment will enhance and improve previous services that aren't currently available," council general manager Joseph Vescio said.

"Suitably qualified GP's from the Super Clinic will be operating this machine year round. It will be a great addition to medical services for the community and will be well utilised in the upcoming Winter season."

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