Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson.
Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson.

Health clinic petition

10,000 SIGNATURES in two weeks – that’s the goal set for a petition calling for a comprehensive medical centre to be built in Yamba to provide better access to health services for Lower Clarence communities.

The idea for the petition was the outcome of a Lower Clarence Health Forum held on Friday at the Treelands Drive Community Centre, Yamba, by independent candidate for Clarence Richie Williamson.

Among the guests and speakers to attend were representatives of the Northern NSW Local Health Network, representatives of Clarence Valley Health Service Providers, and Lower Clarence Health Advocate Jim Agnew.

“There were 36 people from the community there as well, which I think is a strong result,” Mr Williamson said.

“From here, Jim Agnew has organised a committee of volunteers to seek an urgent petition to go to the next parliament, seeking funds for a community health centre at Treelands Dr.

“The leader of the opposition (Barry O’Farrell) has said that should a petition with 10,000 signatures be presented, it will be treated as a matter of urgency in the parliament, so we’re going to brand this as 10,000 signatures in two weeks for a community health centre in Yamba.”

Mr Williamson said the need for a medical centre, which could provide services such as kidney dialysis to residents of Lower Clarence communities, had wide support from those at the forum.

Mr Williamson said the proposed medical centre would have benefits for the entire Clarence Valley and urged all local communities, not just Lower River ones, to get behind the campaign.

“The challenge is now out for the entire community to put pen to paper and get 10,000 signatures in two weeks before the state election, and should I be elected on the 26th, I will ensure that this is one of the first petitions tabled in the new parliament,” he said.



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