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Architect Kevin Palassis, managing director Dr Vasantha Preetham, City of Swan Mayor David Lucas and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority chief executive officer Kieran Kinsella turn the first sod. MIDLAND PHOTOGRAPHERS

New Midland day surgery build starts

THE first sod of soil was turned at the site of a new specialist centre and day surgery in Midland this week.

Construction of the new Midland Specialist Centre and Day Surgery, operated by Health Integra, was celebrated with a ceremony, morning tea and sod turning on Tuesday.

Health Integra managing director Dr Vasantha Preetham said access to health services was a necessity for outer metropolitan communities.

“The Eastern corridor and the Wheatbelt region have continued to suffer from a lack of access to specialist services and unmet demand for these services will only become more acute as the population grows and ages,” she said.

“The site is strategically positioned across from St. John of God  Hospital, next to the planned bus and rail transit station and surrounded by a number of health care providers including the GP Super clinic, Icon Cancer Care, Plus Life Laboratories and Curtin Medical School.”

Whadjuk Nyoongar Elder Matthew McGuire performed a Welcome to Country  ceremony with a traditional indigenous blessing.

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority chief executive officer Kieran Kinsella, City of Swan Mayor David Lucas, Dr Preetham  and architect Kevin Palassis commemorated the occasion by turning the first sod at the site.

“The building joins an investment of approximately one billion dollars in infrastructure within a 1km radius in the health and knowledge precinct,” Dr Preetham said.

The three-level 6000sqm facility will be located on the corner of Centennial Place and Yelverton Dr.

By Claire Ottaviano

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