New Community Health Centre opens in South Burnett

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Annette Scott PSM with Col Pearen at the official opening in Murgon

Annette Scott PSM with Col Pearen at the official opening in Murgon

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The generosity of residents in a South Burnett town has been celebrated at the opening of a building in Murgon.

A $250,000 donation from Col Pearen and his family helped fund renovations of the former hospital staff quarters into a Community Health building.

Acting Director Nursing and Midwifery South Burnett Sharon Shelswell said it’s now an updated facility the region can be proud of.

“It’s incredible to think about the impact that this donation will have on the community for generations to come,” said Ms Shelswell.

“We know that hospitals are often the cornerstones of their community and Murgon is no different.”

The upgrades made to the facility mean that it will be a hub for services like allied health, and other medical professions.

It was also an opportunity to recognise a number of other people and organisations in the community, including Murgon Hospital Auxiliary which is celebrating 25 years.

The Murgon and District Services and Citizens Club, The Rotary Club, The Murgon RSL Sub Branch and members of Smith family were all acknowledged for their kind contributions to a number of projects.

Darling Downs Health Board Member Cheryl Dalton said it was wonderful to come together as a community to celebrate the huge difference kindness can make.

“This type of local support absolutely characterises our rural and regional communities. Everyone has played an important role in helping to make these projects such a success,” Ms Dalton said.

“The Darling Downs Health values of compassion and dignity have really been at the heart of these works.”

The Murgon Community Health building was officially opened on Tuesday, 8 November by Ms Dalton and Darling Downs Health Chief Executive Annette Scott PSM.