No parking, footpath money for new medical clinic

WORK will start in the new year on the Jindera Medical Centre.

The $400,000 centre will be built by Albury-based Clarke Carmody Constructions.

In a drawn-out saga, the centre will only be stage 1 of a project intended to consolidate Greater Hume Council’s health and community services in Jindera.

The council has $413,000 funding from the federal government for the centre.

But further yet-to-be-confirmed funding will be required for stage 2.

That work is expected to bring community service and family day care personnel and library facilities into the precinct.

Clarke Carmody Construction’s tender for the project was for $374,150, but the balance of funding for the project of $38,850 is not expected to cover the cost of car parking, landscaping and footpaths.

As a result, the council will review the scope and costs associated with stage 2 to see if it can find ways of making up the shortfall.

The price for overall project was originally priced at $3.4 million.

That included $300,000 to buy the Urana Road site.

Part of the funding included proceeds from the sale of the Jindera aged care hostel.

But the council had to forfeit nearly $1.3 million in other government funding earmarked for the redevelopment of the Jindera hostel.

It was sold to the United Protestant Association, which is a major player in regional aged care with centres also in Lavington, Wodonga, Howlong, Holbrook and Henty.

The council also proposed to take out a $300,000 loan for the project.

Its aged and community services are located at 420 David Street, Albury, after previously operating from sites in Albury and at Howlong.

An extended lease on the Albury property will be negotiated awaiting the completion of stage 1 of the Jindera multi-service centre.

Twelve companies tendered for the project with the contract announced at the council’s final meeting of the year last week.