Friday, 14 June 2019
South West Medical Aboriginal Services (SWAMS) and the City of Bunbury have been working together to deliver a multi-faceted and holistic health hub for clients living in the South West.
On Tuesday Council agreed to transfer of City-owned land to SWAMS to develop the health campus.
Lot 4669 Forrest Avenue, Carey Park which is known as Jaycee Park will be transferred to SWAMS with SWAMS required to pay all costs associated with the transfer however the City will waive the development application fee of $34,196.
SWAMS is an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation that provides high quality, culturally appropriate and accessible health and wellbeing services to Aboriginal people living in the South West.
During planning for the new purpose-built hub, SWAMS has partnered with University of Technology Sydney, to ensure an innovative, cutting edge design which will deliver positive outcomes for clients both today and in the future. The build will include clinical and research facilities, administrative offices, dedicated maternal and child health facility and outdoor Indigenous park in the one location.
There will also be plans to include a fenced-off children’s playground, landscaped gardens and new toilet facilities all open to the public.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the health hub would be a welcomed addition to the region.
“We are pleased to be able to provide the land to SWAMS for their health precinct and Council would like to acknowledge all the hard work they do as well as the excellent service they provide to the community,” Mayor Brennan said.
“By expanding their practice they will be able to do even more for their clients and make health care available and more accessible to those who need it.”
SWAMS CEO Lesley Nelson thanked Council.
“We are heartened by the outcome of Tuesday evening’s council meeting and thank Mayor Gary Brennan and the City of Bunbury for prioritising Indigenous health,” Ms Nelson said.
“Strong local commitment and continuity are required to close the gap and that is why this purpose built, local facility is so important.”
SWAMS will now submit the development application to the City for assessment.
Once it has been approved, construction is expected to be completed within 12 months.