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September 21, 2012

The Cann Valley Bush Nursing Centre (CVBNC) Committee has briefed Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester on expansion plans which will improve health services for local residents.

The expansion has been supported by the State Government and includes the development of additional consulting rooms; storage facility; accessible bathrooms; designated ambulance access; and improved parking areas.

It is anticipated that works will begin once the tender process closes in October.

Mr Chester said Cann River and district would benefit from the expansion.

“Quality health services are critical to the Cann River community given its remote location and its designation as an urgent care and emergency response facility should transport links be cut in an emergency,” Mr Chester said.

“It is located on a major thoroughfare for heavy vehicles and holiday-makers and in recent years the community has been impacted by a number of natural disasters.

“The expansion project will go a long way towards assisting staff to deal with any similar situations that may arise in the future.”

Mr Chester said the expansion project was a testament to the hard work of the CVBNC Committee to improve the centre.

“The committee did an excellent job in putting together a successful application and the State Government is to be commended for its valuable support towards the project,” Mr Chester said.

“I intend to keep working with the committee to secure further funds from state and federal sources to complete the next phase of the project.”

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