Medical super clinic gets the go ahead

THE development application (DA) for the Snowy River GP Super Clinic (GPSC) has been approved by the shire council. The vote was unanimous.

The approval of the DA follows an extensive design, assessment and consultation process and now allows work to move to the next phase of development.

The new specially designed and built GP Super Clinic will be centrally located on the western end of the Thredbo Terrace car park in Jindabyne behind the Jindabyne Town Shopping Centre.

In considering the DA, council's general manager, Joe Vescio said council believed "the design is critical in achieving both an aesthetically pleasing structure for this visually prominent site and more importantly, a building out of which delivery of optimal inter-disciplinary health care can be achieved for our community".

"This has necessitated an extensive collaborative engagement process occurring up-front with an evidenced centered approach encompassing a wide range of specialists including designers, architects, planners, builders and critically, the users being the health professionals, staff and their patients," Mr Vescio added.

"Everyone should be pleased with the official tick of this phase. The development of the Snowy River GPSC remains on target."

Mayor John Cahill said the whole region would benefit from the super clinic. It was "essential" for the district.

The approved plans can be viewed on council's web page or at council offices in Berridale or Jindabyne.

Council is now in the process of selecting a consortium to construct and fit-out the new GP Super Clinic with an opening date scheduled for early 2014.

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