Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
Work on the $17.4 million refurbishment and upgrading of four Torres Strait island primary healthcare centres will begin this month (October).
Work on four of the Torres Strait’s primary healthcare centres will kick off this month as the Palaszczuk Government’s record investment in health pays off.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said that the $17.4 million investment would upgrade and refurbish vital health infrastructure.
“The Torres Strait comprises some of Queensland’s most remote communities, so it’s important we support them with modern and accessible facilities.
“Our $17.4 million investment will modernise existing facilities and ensure that people across the Torres Strait have access to the best possible healthcare.
“Work will start first on Dauan Island in early October, followed progressively by Ugar, Poruma and Masig, with completion of all four island PHCCs expected by December 2020, weather permitting.
“The works on all four islands will include a refurbishment of the existing PHCC and a new building extension containing a treatment room, a consultation room, staff amenities, disabled access, a new main entry lobby, reception and manager’s office, along with dedicated emergency vehicle parking.
“In addition, Ugar and Dauan islands each will receive two studio-style staff accommodation units with shared staff laundry and staff parking, while Poruma Island will also get a two-bedroom, self-contained staff accommodation unit.’’
“It’s a huge win for these communities, especially because it’s also delivering 25 fulltime construction jobs.
“It will also help accommodate a growing range of visiting health professionals delivering more specialised services to the island communities.”
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