Ro­tary pres­i­dent backs re­zon­ing and call for an­other aged-care fa­cil­ity

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­

RO­TARY pres­i­dent Glen Hay has backed the West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to re­zone the Ho­race St Park­land and put it out to ten­der for an aged-care fa­cil­ity.

Mr Hay said there has been a shortage of rooms for years, and ac­tion needed to be taken sooner rather than later.

“I think it’s a won­der­ful idea and I think it’s some­thing that Dalby re­ally needs,” Mr Hay said.

“There’s a big line-up at the mo­ment and there’s go­ing to be a mas­sive de­mand for it in the fu­ture, so get in now.

“There’s been de­mand for some time; there’s never been a short­fall.”

Mr Hay didn’t mind whether Nin­gana took up the ten­der or some­one else, sug­gest­ing the large-scale fa­cil­ity Dalby needs might need strong fi­nan­cial back­ing.

“I think it needs to be on a com­mer­cial scale so it can hap­pen, it’s go­ing to be an ex­pen­sive project,” he said.

“It will be good to see this hap­pen and there’s a mas­sive block of land sit­ting there do­ing noth­ing, so it will be great.”

Last week, the Dar­ling Downs Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice, the op­er­a­tor of Karin­gal, said it would not re­lease the num­ber of el­derly on the wait­ing list for the fa­cil­ity, adding it had no plans to ex­tend its aged-care ser­vices in Dalby.

Chang­ing the zon­ing of the Ho­race St Park­land is im­pact as­sess­able, mean­ing peo­ple will be able to have their say on the changes in the com­ing months. If you have a strong opin­ion on this is­sue, email ed­i­to­rial@ dal­by­her­


GOOD MOVE: Glen Hay has backed the idea of build­ing an­other aged-care fa­cil­ity in Dalby.

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