Writing out script for new medical centre

Last updated 10:40 07/08/2014
Joy Paterson, Priscilla Cameron and Simon Williamson

CHECK THE PLANS: Joy Paterson, Priscilla Cameron and High Country Medical Centre Trust chairman Simon Williamson check the plans of the proposed new medical centre at Twizel.

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The Mackenzie District Council has agreed to get an engineering report done on the cost of getting services put into the area of land that borders the Twizel Golf Club and the soon-to-be-built Medical Centre.

At Tuesday's council meeting, councillors also agreed to consult on a proposal from the medical trust and release it for public consultation.

The new medical centre, designed by Parker Warburton Team Architects, of Dunedin, will be in Mackenzie Drive near the fire and ambulance stations on a 3300sqm site at present part of the golf club lease. The council and the trust will enter a perpetual ground lease for the new site.

Mackenzie mayor Claire Barlow said the council fully supported the High Country Medical Trust, but needed more information on the costs involved.

"There are a lot of unanswered questions and we will need to have an up-to-date figure before we vote on it. Once we have a consolidated report on those costs we will be in a better position," she said.

Fundraising committee chairwoman Joy Paterson said the High Country Medical Trust had raised nearly $1.5 million towards the project. "Everything from the fundraising side is on track and going very well."

Paterson said the call for tenders will be advertised soon.

"It would be lovely if it was started before Christmas, but realistically it will probably be February next year."

At Tuesday's meeting councillors discussed the risk of selling the existing medical centre, which will be sold to recover the value of the loan.

It was acknowledged the council would retain the risk associated with the sale of the existing centre. The current medical centre serviced a large and widespread community, with registered patients from Twizel, Omarama and Kurow.

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- The Timaru Herald

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