Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis, joined community members and health officials onsite to celebrate this important milestone.
Mr Gulaptis said a ‘topping out’ ceremony is a building tradition which places a tree at the top of the structure once construction reaches its highest point, and marks the completion of the roof structure.
“For the Evans Head ceremony, a small native shrub will be displayed and later planted as part of the facility’s landscape plan,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“This is a terrific modern, integrated health facility within easy reach in the centre of town and will enable the introduction of a number of additional health services in the popular coastal town.”
The new HealthOne will deliver:
- chronic diseases management and lifestyle groups
- cardiac rehab and respiratory groups
- child and family therapy groups including Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
- dietetics and diabetes education services.
Mr Gulaptis said the pre-existing Community Health Centre was at capacity and was not equipped to provide these modern health services.
“These capital investments support world-class health care in regional areas, but also create jobs and support economic growth.
“New, tailored health services will be provided on site, thanks to the clinical rooms, gymnasium and treatment spaces planned for the new HealthOne facility.
“Retaining the health facility on the current site is a great outcome for the community, being ideally located close to existing GP services which will link into the services provided by the HealthOne,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The new Evans Head HealthOne, on the site of the old Community Health Centre in the centre of Evans Head, is expected to be open in 2020.