Medical centre official opening
URBENVILLE'S new purpose-built medical centre will be officially opened next Wednesday.
The $500,000 facility, funded by Tenterfield Shire Council in partnership with the Federal Government, provides the Urbenville community with state-of-the-art medical consulting and treatment rooms.
Tenterfield Shire Council Mayor Toby Smith hopes it will also help secure the services of doctors for the town and surrounding districts now and into the future.
The council owned the old doctor's surgery, which had maintenance problems including rising damp. Rather than renovate, the council decided to construct a purpose-built medical centre that has four consulting rooms, a treatment room, a waiting room for patients and staff facilities as well as a one-bedroom unit that can be used by visiting doctors.
"The Urbenville community is lucky to have a husband and wife team in the community," Cr Smith said.
"If, for whatever reason they leave, (the centre) would hopefully make it easier to attract another doctor."
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging contributed $295,455 to build the centre and the Tenterfield Shire Council $220,900. In use since the start of the year, it will be opened by Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin.