DEPUTY prime minister Barnaby Joyce has announced a grant of more than $3.75 million to help Corumbene Care develop its Derwent Valley Health and Wellbeing Hub at New Norfolk. Mr Joyce said Corumbene would receive $3,785,511 from the fifth round of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
With a total cost of more than $7.5 million, the project will develop a community health and wellbeing hub (pictured, above) in central New Norfolk by repurposing two heritage buildings at Willow Court, adjacent to the local Woolworths supermarket.
Outgoing Corumbene Care chief executive Damien Jacobs recently told New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News that the Corumbene Board was determined to make a start on the project within in the next 12 months. Dubbed “The Avenue”, the project aims to drive growth within the healthcare and community service sector.
Corumbene says precinct will support a number of projects, including a community health centre, cafe, retirement village, childcare and possible future providore. Due for completion late next year, Stage 1 will deliver a multi-disciplinary community health service centre (The Hub).
Corumbene Care says The Hub will be purpose-built while sensitively preserving local history and community identity, being part of the historic Avenue precinct at Willow Court and occupying the former Derwent and Esperance wards.
“Our Government is committed to delivering the best outcomes for regional and remote Australia, which is why we are providing local businesses, industries and families with opportunities to get ahead,” Mr Joyce said. ”Under Round 5 of the BBRF, the government has committed almost $300 million to support 295 projects across regional Australia, which will create an estimated 9900 jobs during the project period.”