Key man delighted at progress
JIM AGNEW was on site yesterday morning looking on as workers poured the foundations of what will be the new Jim Agnew OAM Health Centre in Yamba.
After more than 10 years campaigning, Mr Agnew was clearly pleased to see the new facility taking shape before his eyes.
"It's unbelievable what they have done this morning," Mr Agnew said.
"It's very big ... I would say half the concrete for the building site itself was poured this morning.
"They'll be back again next week to pour the verandas and in a couple of weeks to pour the other half (of the foundations).
"We're expecting the aluminium steel frame to be up and the roof on by Christmas; weather permitting."
Following the announcement last month in which Jim Agnew's name was to be given to the new health centre, former Clarence MP Steve Cansdell wrote to The Daily Examiner to congratulate the tireless campaigner.
"Jim Agnew lobbied, hounded and knocked on almost every door of local, state and federal governments of all political persuasions in his dogged, determined way of ensuring the dream of the Yamba Community Health Centre in Treelands Dr was realised," Mr Cansdell said.
"Ten years ago Mr Agnew (working with the Yamba community) showed bureaucrats and politicians alike that he would not take no for answer and was also instrumental in ensuring Yamba had its own stand-alone ambulance station."
"Over my eight-and-a-half years as State Member for Clarence it was Jim Agnew who consistently met with me to highlight the health needs of the lower Clarence and, in particular, Yamba.
"Well done, Jim - an honour and recognition well deserved."