Phillip Island,
22
May
2015
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05:03
Australia/Melbourne

Council Provides Land For Island Health

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The Phillip Island Community Health and Wellbeing Hub can now go ahead after Bass Coast Shire Council agreed to lease land for the Hub to Bass Coast Health (BCH).

Council will enter a 50 year lease with BCH for the land, or part of, known as 50-54 Church Street, Cowes, valued at approximately $1.6 million for the nominal rent of $104 per annum plus GST.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said she was thrilled to see the lease go ahead, and was looking forward to seeing works on the Hub begin.

“Council has generously offered to make this land available for the development of the facility,” Cr Brown said.

“The Council land is large, accessible and allows for car parking and future expansion, and is the preferred location for Bass Coast Community Health.”

BCH CEO, Veronica Jamison, said she believed it was a great outcome for not only the people of Phillip Island, but for the people of the while Shire.

“It certainly consolidates the delivery of health services over the very long term for the people of Phillip Island and will allow Bass Coast Health to build on its services that it currently provides,” Ms Jamison said.

“The issue of providing services that traditionally have been provided in hospitals will only grow, and this centre, I believe certainly in the long term, will be seen and held up as a model of how you can provide services to a community that are not bed based.

“I think overall, we have a significant challenge as a country for provision of health services going forward, particularly around the financing of those services, and this is a great example of how all levels of government can work together with a health provider to get a project together.

“Greg Hunt and the Federal Government are to be commended for their contribution for the project; the Department of Health and Human Services are also to be commended at the State level for their persistence and goodwill with this project, and certainly Bass Coast Shire Council are to be commended as well for their hard work and belief in this project for the people of the Bass Coast Shire.

“As a provider organisation, Bass Coast Health is here to provide good health and wellbeing and get the best health outcomes it can for the people of the Shire. This facility certainly will take us one step closer to doing that.”