MOVES are afoot to build a multi-storey medical specialist clinic near Wangaratta’s public hospital to strengthen the city’s health precinct.
The proposed development, with an estimated investment of between $4.5 million to $6 million, seeks to deliver a state of the art complex, with eight consulting suites over two floors, on a one acre block of vacant land near the overpass in Green Street.
Expressions of interest are currently being sought from health and medical professionals, and Garry Nash First National director Mike Noble said there had been a great response in the first week.
“It’s been very encouraging…this is an exciting and significant project for the city,” he said.
“It is envisaged that the development will attract a varied range of specialists to join the rural city’s burgeoning health and medical fraternity and broaden the range of health and medical care options accessible within the region.
“We’ll be looking at making a planning application in a month or so, and hope for construction to commence in the third to fourth quarter of this year.”
Mr Noble said there is a growing demand for medical infrastructure in the area.
“Services currently provided in Wangaratta are mostly conducted from converted houses that do not meet the expectations of patients or the requirements of medical practices in the 21st century,” he said.