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A multi-million dollar expansion at the Bairnsdale Medical Centre operated by Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) is starting to take shape and on track to open later this year.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $500,000 from the Federal Government to double the size of Bairnsdale medical clinic, matched by GLCH.

The expansion is now at fit-out stage, with painters and plasterers now entering the final stage of construction.

“This development in McCulloch Street, Bairnsdale, will house an additional 50 staff to meet the increasing demand for health and aged care services in the local community,” Mr Chester said.

“Obviously, increased staffing means better access to much-needed health services and will help to contribute to a healthier community.

“Importantly, I was pleased to see CM and HM Banks Builders awarded the project which means this development will also create local employment opportunities.”

GLCH Chief Executive Officer Sue Medson said the new part of the building was planned to be opened by September.

“We have already employed some additional staff ahead of the building’s completion and they are very much looking forward to moving in so they can spend more time with clients and less time travelling between offices,” Ms Medson said.

“We have an important role providing medical and social services to the East Gippsland community and we want to reduce waiting times and provide the best possible outcome we can for local residents.”

The Federal Government is providing $500,000 from the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), with GLCH sourcing additional funding of its own.

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