A community hub emerges

Members of the Paparoa Medical Society from left: Tony Lee, Mel Juer and chair, Graham Taylor at the new’ community hub. Photo courtesy Sally Taylor

A major development is underway in Paparoa which is expected to culminate in a leading edge social services hub, set in an extensive building with spacious grounds and parking that was the former home of local government.

The old Otamatea Council building has been bought by the Paparoa Medical Society, which plans to relocate the present medical clinic on State Highway 12, to the ground floor of the two storied building which also houses the Paparoa Library and the White Rock Gallery.

“Coast to Coast Healthcare will become our key tenant along with the library and art gallery, and we will also let the top floor as a spacious fivebedroomed private residence, along with a currently tenanted cottage in the grounds,” said medical society chair, Graham Taylor. The project has been financed by a mortgage, which is expected to be substantially reduced with the impending sale of the current medical centre which is adjacent to the old Paparoa hospital building on the outskirts of town.

“The current medical offices are in a 100km zone, with difficult access for many patients,” Mr Taylor said.

“The new facility, which we see as becoming a real social services and community hub has plenty of off-road parking, and parklike grounds which we will be developing and improving as a great community space.

“There is heaps of potential there and great to see the old council seat back in the hands of the community.” The society’s first step will be refurbishment of the ground floor of the building, to provide utility services for treatment rooms as well as wheelchair access and other facilities.

“Our location in the village within the 50km speed zone gives good scooter, wheelchair and pedestrian access. This is an exciting opportunity.”

Coast to Coast Healthcare manager Nancy Molloy has said the project has its full support. ”We really support this move. Being close to the centre of Paparoa is positive for out patients and the future.”


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