ACTION: Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce president, George Cecato , Mayor Denise Knight and SCU vice chancellor, Peter Lee have joined forces to push for vital federal funding for a new student facility.
ACTION: Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce president, George Cecato , Mayor Denise Knight and SCU vice chancellor, Peter Lee have joined forces to push for vital federal funding for a new student facility. Trevor Veale

Funding push for future of healthcare

COMMUNITY stakeholders aligned with Southern Cross University to lobby the Federal Government

to fund $30million towards a new allied health facility.

Representatives from the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, Coffs Harbour City Council and Mid North Coast Local Area Health Service this week met with Southern Cross University executives to assess the proposal.

SCU vice chancellor professor Peter Lee said the Allied Health Building "will allow for a complete interdisciplinary approach to health care"with medical professionals from nurses, speech pathologists to hopefully doctors training together in the same building.

Prof Lee said the funding was critical to bringing the project to fruition.

"The building is planned, we've got the designs, we're ready to go all we need is the resources," Prof Lee said.

Mid North Coast Local Health District chairman Warren Grimshaw said the building would prove vital to caring for the region's growing population, particularly in the area of allied health.

"It's also as a way we can ensure the future of health services in the district which is really important," Mr Grimshaw said.

"We really need to plan now for the future of our region."

Mayor Denise Knight said the facility would "compliment our primary health care and our hospital" as well as reinvigorate the region's young population.

"If we can get an allied health building here we can bring a lot of our young people back to Coffs Harbour," Cr Knight said.

"If we don't do something now we're in jeopardy of losing a lot of funding, losing our profile as a wonderful educational city."



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