Government responds to criticisms of the Mullewa Health Centre delay

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson.
Camera IconHealth Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

The WA Government has responded to criticism over delays to upgrades of Mullewa Health Centre.

A State Government spokesperson — on behalf of Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson — said planning was still continuing but was expected to cost more than originally expected.

“Planning has commenced for a redeveloped Mullewa Health Centre,” they said.

“The approved budget and funding for the project is $6.3 million, however, given current global market conditions, it is anticipated that the project will now exceed this allocation.”

The response comes after Nationals MLA Shane Love raised the issue last week.

The Health Centre was announced in 2016, and since June 2017, the project has been in its planning phase.

The government spokesperson said the upgrades would bring important benefits to Mullewa.

“The facility will include enhanced primary and community care facilities and will provide 24/7 emergency care from a new emergency department.

“The new health centre will be built in consultation with the local community and will provide access to a range of health services and providers under one roof.”

The Mullewa upgrade was announced at the same as a revamp to Dongara’s health facilities as part of a $12m commitment — six years on and Dongara’s project has progressed while Mullewa’s has not.

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