WHOA: Artist's impression of the future IWC Health and Wellbeing Community Centre in Gayndah. Picture: Contributed
WHOA: Artist's impression of the future IWC Health and Wellbeing Community Centre in Gayndah. Picture: Contributed

Plans revealed for derelict YMCA’s $2.43m facelift

A NORTH Burnett health and wellbeing organisation has revealed more detail about its plans to transform a derelict YMCA in Gayndah, which closed in October 2016.

In April, Aboriginal community-controlled charity IWC announced it owned the 24 Fielding St location after protracted negotiations which began in July 2017.

The original concept was costed at $1.5 million, but several design changes now mean the upgrade will cost $2.43 million, IWC general manager Wayne Mulvany said.

"This is an exciting project - designed to bring a purpose-built health and wellbeing facility to the North Burnett, with access for all people without discrimination or judgment," he said.

"As a community-driven and Aboriginal-controlled organisation, we are determined to show our commitment to the region by providing a new level of health and wellbeing care for people from all walks of life."

Mr Mulvany said new jobs would be created by the project.

The new IWC Health and Wellbeing Community Centre will include:

  • Reception and patient waiting areas
  • Clinical consultation rooms
  • Treatment rooms and sterile area
  • Ambulance/delivery bay
  • Staff office space and lunchroom
  • Interview rooms
  • Community meeting room
  • Community areas/gardens
  • Public amenities and disability toilet with changerooms/showers
  • Walkways and linkages with adjoining gymnasium space
  • Installation of new lockup shed
  • Driveways, carparking, walkways and landscaping
  • Refurbishment of the sports stadium, which can then be reopened for community use

 

IWC general manager Wayne Mulvany. Photo: Simon Young
IWC general manager Wayne Mulvany. Photo: Simon Young

 

"The stadium closed, along with the rest of the YMCA site, in late 2016, and it is time to bring it back for the community," Mr Mulvany said.

"But most importantly, this project will deliver what the community and North Burnett Regional Council have said is desperately needed in the region - more health and wellbeing services for all in fit-for-purpose facility."

A public presentation on the centre will be held at Gayndah Airport's Disaster Management Facility on Tuesday.

6pm for a 6.30pm start with light refreshments provided.

All are welcome.


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