Gateway Health preparing for Wangaratta growth

Community health service Gateway Health has announced ambitious plans to grow its presence in Wangaratta, with purchase of vacant land at 40 Mackay Street Wangaratta.

A new building and additional car parking will be constructed on the site, with the new facility expected to be operational within the next 2-3 years. The existing Gateway Health centre at 45 Mackay street will continue to operate, and will remain as the location of the Gateway Health GP Clinic.

Gateway Health Chief Executive Officer Leigh Rhode said today that significant growth over the last three years has meant that the current site at 45 Mackay Street is no longer big enough to accommodate all the services Gateway Health currently provides or is wanting to provide in the future.

“The intention of purchasing the vacant land is to construct a Community Health facility that supports the expanding nature of our services to the Wangaratta region and is easy to access.”

The site is conveniently located opposite Gateway Health’s current facility at 45 Mackay Street and is close to the new headspace satellite centre at 44 Rowan Street. Along with these existing sites, the new facility will form the cornerstone of a “community health precinct” close to the centre of town and in walking distance to other health and community services.

Gateway Health chair Mr David Koschitzke said today the board decision to expand in Wangaratta was a major milestone.

“In Wangaratta, it’s particularly important to increase our capacity to deliver our programs and services, to improve the technology on hand for our clients and staff, and to create the best possible environment for our community.

Planning and design of the new facility will commence shortly and will involve consultation to ensure the design is informed by both staff and community needs and preferences.

This is an exciting opportunity for Gateway Health to create a contemporary facility that will meet the current needs of our staff and clients and is able to grow with us as services expand for the Wangaratta region.

Photo of development site at 40 Mackay Street produced by real estate agents Garry Nash and Co. - www.garrynash.com.au