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Council supports Fraser Coast hospice

19 November 2019

The Fraser Coast Regional Council will lease land to the Fraser Coast Hospice Association for a facility in Hervey Bay.

The group has a $7 million grant from the Federal Government to fund a building program, and to operate the facility for three years.

“Council is delighted to come on board to help the group make the facility a reality,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“Because the Fraser Coast is a loving and equitable community we feel Council is best placed to lend a hand to the association to establish the facility as quickly as possible.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated the Fraser Coast Regional Council on its generous donation of land for the hospice.

“This is a perfect example of local government and the Federal Government coming together as part of the Hinkler Regional Deal to see a much-needed facility in the region come to fruition,” he said.

“The Fraser Coast Hospice Association have been strong advocates for this facility, which will provide an alternative option for people who want to spend their final days in a home-like setting, as well as provide employment opportunities and partnerships with the local education sector.”

The Fraser Coast Hospice Association hopes the facility will be operating within two years.

“We sincerely thank Council for its generous lease agreement over land on Urraween Road,” Secretary and Founder of the Fraser Coast Hospice Association Jasine Leslie said.

“Now we have the land we are moving into the next stage of planning.

“We are very excited to be working with all levels of government; to have them all involved in such an amazing project for our community.

“There has been a need for a Fraser Coast Hospice for a long time, and it is fantastic to see it finally coming together and the community being so supportive.

“We are excited and motivated by of the high level of support and encouragement we are receiving and look forward to moving into the planning and building phase.

“The next phase will provide opportunities for community and businesses be involved in the project.

“With all going to plan, the doors should be open in July 2021, and Fraser Coast Hospice Association is very grateful to now have Peter Davies as our project manager to assist and guide us.”

Cr Seymour congratulated the committee on the hard work undertaken to gain funding to establish and operate the facility.