Demand for answers
Mareeba Leagues Club staff Velina Sitera and Kelly Debney show their true colours for the NRL Grand Final on Sunday. A RALLY will be called if the Mareeba Hospital does not keep vital services and a bulk billing clinic in the hospital.
The Save the Mareeba Hospital Group (STMHG) want the $2.3 million that Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter announced to be spent at the hospital, not on private enterprises or other services.
STMHG member Denis McKinley said they will call a public rally in early November if their concerns aren’t met in the best interests of the Mareeba-Dimbulah community.
“Right now there is no middle ground and we are being told this is the best model for us and the community isn’t being consulted,” he said.
“The $2.3m needs to stay within the Mareeba Hospital.
“The Independent candidates for Cook are the only ones who seem to be on our side and the Mareeba Mayor (Tom Gilmore) and current member for Cook (Billy Gordon) are sitting on the fence and not supporting us.”
Mr McKinley said he is hoping a state election will be called soon so that something is done about vital service being cut. Continued page 5