The site of Grafton’s new super clinic on the corner of Clarence and Fitzroy streets.
The site of Grafton’s new super clinic on the corner of Clarence and Fitzroy streets. Debrah Novak

Site announced for GP super clinic

THE company building a $5 million medical super clinic in Grafton has announced the site for the new enterprise.

A director of Ochre Health Foundation Limited, Peter Bayley, said the clinic will be built on the corner of Fitzroy and Clarence streets using part of the site of the former Marist Brothers College.

Mr Bayley said construction was expected to begin in August once the development application process passed through Clarence Valley Council.

The exchange of contracts for the land is expected to take place soon, but completion of the sale will be dependant on council approval of the subdivision of the block, which will be considered at the same time as the development application.

Mr Bayley said he was confident Ochre Health would be able to staff the clinic despite an endemic shortage of doctors in rural areas.

“Our company has long experience of providing medical services in rural communities,” he said.

“We have clinics in towns like Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri.

“Recruiting for Grafton will begin in earnest when construction begins.”

Mr Bayley believes Grafton, with its new clinic, will be an attractive option for doctors.

“It will be a new building offering access to the latest in allied health services, staffed with practice nurses,” he said.

“It will be an attractive proposition for doctors to come to Grafton.”

St Mary’s Parish, which owns the rest of the block, has no plans for further subdivision.



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