GARDENS Medical Group is expanding into Thurgoona at the same time the transformation of its original home in central Albury is still awaiting planning approval.
The 690 Dean Street property was the forerunner to the $33 million Gardens Medical Centre on nearby Wodonga Place being developed by Garry Zauner and opening a decade ago.
On Monday, Gardens Medical Group will open in Thurgoona in a partnership struck with Charles Sturt University.
It will be located on the university grounds in Elizabeth Mitchell Drive and comprise medical consulting rooms and allied health services for the needs of Thurgoona residents and CSU students.
Gardens Medical Group will also work with the university on student placements for nursing and allied medical training and “explore synergies” with the co-location of dentistry, podiatry, mental health and physiotherapy within the area.
“The co-location of the centre with Charles Sturt University will provide our students with access to on-site medical care as well as improving the overall access to health care in the Thurgoona region,” CSU executive dean of the faculty of science, Professor Megan Smith said.
“Charles Sturt University has been a leading entity in the growth of local health services through its on-site podiatry, dentistry and speech pathology clinics.
“The partnership with the Gardens Medical Centre will see these services now forming a precinct for health care and education.”
Up to four GPs will be on site at Thurgoona at all times in what represents stage one of a potentially larger development in the future.
Allied health professionals including physiotherapy and podiatry will also be available with pathology available within the next few weeks.
A development application was submitted to Albury Council last year for a three-storey building comprising four units with an overall value of $4.4 million.
The latest plans were released by Habitat Planning for clients, Dean Street Development Partners.
But they still await planning approval from council after being put out for public exhibition during January following a request for additional information.
Approval to demolish the former medical centre on the site was approved last year.
The original plans for 690 Dean Street, which would have seen the apartment block rise to more than 20 metres in height, were approved by council, but the development didn’t proceed before being resurrected last year.
The property was originally built by the flour-milling Burrows family in the late 1800s.
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