Two sites bought as prac­tice strives to of­fer pa­tients more holis­tic care

Med­i­cal plan to ex­pand

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT tony. raggatt@ news. com. au

A RESIDENTIAL strip at the cor­ner of one of North Queens­land’s busiest in­ter­sec­tions is set to be trans­formed into com­mer­cial premises af­ter an agree­ment to de­velop a med­i­cal prac­tice.

Strive Health and Phys­io­ther­apy has ac­quired two sites – at 703 and 705 Ross River Rd – and will de­velop a new, ex­panded fa­cil­ity around the cor­ner from its cur­rent site in Thuringowa Drive.

Townsville’s

Corinthian Con­struc­tions will build the new fa­cil­ity and hopes to se­cure clients to re­de­velop another three prop­er­ties it holds at the cor­ner of Ross River Rd and Thuringowa Drive.

Long- time Townsville doc­tor Ron Mal­pas, who op­er­ates Strive Health with part­ner Dr Hay­ley Ansell, said they were look­ing to widen their ser­vices to pro­vide more holis­tic care.

“We re­ally want a mod­ern, up- to- date fa­cil­ity with more prac­ti­tion­ers – GPs, nurses, spe­cial­ists, di­eti­tian and phys­io­ther­a­pist – to make it more a team and holis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence,” Dr Mal­pas said.

“The cen­tre will have five con­sul­ta­tion rooms, four treat- ment ar­eas and a gym­na­sium.”

Dr Mal­pas said the abil­ity to re­lo­cate around the cor­ner was ideal. The two sites of 809sq m each were ac­quired for $ 750,000 for the de­vel­op­ment.

Ray White Com­mer­cial Townsville prin­ci­pal Graeme Rus­sell said these sorts of de- vel­op­ments had been a fea­ture of the Kir­wan area be­fore the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

“When the mar­ket was go­ing there were quite a few con­ver­sions of homes into pro­fes­sional of­fices along Thuringowa Drive and Ross River Rd,” he said.

“The GFC caused a lot of those projects to be put on hold but that ap­pears to be pass­ing now and we are mov­ing on.”

Corinthian Con­struc­tions owner John Mahlouzarides said it had or­gan­ised de­vel­op­ment ap­provals and was pre­par­ing to start work.

He hoped to se­cure sim­i­lar re­de­velop deals on three re­main­ing parcels at 697, 699 and 701 Ross River Rd.

“It would be good to find a user for the three sites com­bined but we would do them in­di­vid­u­ally if that’s the way it pans out,” he said.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

MOD­ERN MOVE: Dr Ron Mal­pas, from Strive Health and Phys­io­ther­apy, and Corinthian Con­struc­tions owner John Mahlouzarides check their plans in front of the site for a new med­i­cal cen­tre along Ross River Rd in Kir­wan.

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