Glencore has contributed $750,000 towards the construction of a new health care centre in Wandoan.
The new centre was opened by Deputy Premier and member of Callide Jeff Seeney.
The $950,000 centre is the result of a partnership between the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and Glencore.
“This new building offers videoconferencing and state-of-the-art telehealth capabilities,” Seeney said.
“It replaced an ageing outpatient’s clinic and offers a new model of health care not previously available to residents of Wandoan and surrounds.”
Glencore’s Group Manager – Project Delivery, Scott Elliott, attended the opening and said the company wanted to contribute to the communities in which it operates.
“As with all of our operations, our priority at Wandoan was to become actively involved in the local community and to provide assistance for projects that can help improve people’s quality of life,” Elliott said.
“At this time, our proposed coal project has not progressed due to the economic challenges confronting the coal industry. But we continue to have a presence in the area and we remain committed to making positive impacts through support for community initiatives and groups.
“The health clinic has been an inclusive community initiative that was based on extensive consultation with all parties, particularly residents and health professionals.
“We’re delighted that the new facility has improved community access to general practice and outpatient services.”
Visitations to the Wandoan clinic have increased 160 per cent since operations in the new building began in September last year.