Medical centre nears completion

A new medical centre for Paparoa is expected to open its doors in the next few weeks with tradesmen who started just after Xmas nearing completion of extensive renovations to the former Otamatea council building.

Paparoa Medical Society chair, Graham Taylor, says the building has been extensively rewired “for data, electricity and for fire prevention and the internal plumbing has been completed.

There have been new internal walls, ceilings replaced, and partitions — and gib stopping is getting underway. We will get the doors open in mid to late February, and then look at an official event to mark the occasion a little later.” The $350,000 project was necessary to bring the building up to modern compliance standards. “The process will transform the building into a modern fit-for-purpose facility, as befits a community building open to the public.”

The medical centre will be operated by Coast to Coast Health Care Ltd with additional space to accommodate the Paparoa library, which shut down for the duration of the project.

Mr Taylor said space, which was to be occupied by the White Rock Gallery, was now available as the gallery has moved to Matakohe.

“This extra space will be occupied by Coast to Coast for a treatment room and health facilities.

Some other good news has been financial support from the community to ease the medical society’s short term overdraft which enabled the work to proceed.

“The Ready Relief Team based at Maungaturoto has undertaken some fundraising, and they will be at Paparoa Farmers Market on February 9 hosting a barbecue.”

Mr Taylor said the society is also “very grateful to many individuals and organisations from
the Paparoa community for financial support.”

As a charity, donations are eligible for a 33 per cent tax refund.


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