Health fund drive waits for right time

Brian Brenssell
Brian Brenssell
The group behind plans to build a new integrated health centre in Tapanui will wait until lambing and calving have finished before going to the community for the $1.5 million it hopes it can raise from locals for the long-awaited development.

West Otago Health chairman Brian Brenssell said feedback had been positive since plans for the $5.9 million facility were unveiled at a public meeting a month ago.

That gathering was told the medical centre part of the building would cost between $2.25 million and $2.96 million, while the 14-bed rest-home would have a price tag of between $2.6 million and $2.97 million.

Mr Brenssell said the group was trying to set up various committees that would be needed to drive the project, including a committee to raise the public's expected $1.5 million contribution.

But it would wait until the rural community had finished the lambing and calving season which occupies much of their time, he said.

"Once people have got lambing and calving out of the way, we will progress things and get stuck into it."

The group has had no interest from its recent recruitment drive to find a new GP for the town.

Mr Brenssell said it was looking at various options to find a new doctor. He hoped its plans for the new health facility would encourage interest.



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