Tamworth Regional Council called on to improve health services

HEALTHY FEEDBACK: Tamworth Regional Council has been called on to improve health services in the community. Photo: Gareth Gardner

HEALTHY FEEDBACK: Tamworth Regional Council has been called on to improve health services in the community. Photo: Gareth Gardner

COUNCIL have vowed to advocate for better health services in the region, following calls for increased access in community feedback sessions.

Council put the call-out for health related feedback when it pulled together its Community Strategic Plan (CSP) after extensive consultation with residents over a number weeks.

On top of that, there has also been a call for “more facilities and services for our ageing population including retirement living”.

The CSP, which is built on feedback directly from voters in the region, has already brought on significant announcements regarding a highly-anticipated Tamworth aquatic centre and the construction of a new performing arts centre in the CBD.

While these commitments can be found in the CSP, council hasn’t provided a strategy to tackle the region’s health concerns.

“That’s got to form part of our strategic plan so the council is aware of what the priorities for the community are even if some of those items sit outside our core function,” mayor Col Murray said.

The mayor said council would be advocate on matters that sat outside its core business.

“We do have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the community and when we meet with government and others, if you’re aware of these things, the opportunity comes to actually start a conversation about them,” he told The Leader.

Local advocates in the community have been leading the charge for improved health provision across a number of specialties and services within the region.

Just over the past 12 months, locals have called for increased palliative care, breast cancer support, prostate cancer nursing, Parkinson’s support and community midwifery.

Councillor Russell Webb was out and about this week asking local businesses to throw their support behind the palliative care cause by hanging posters in their shopfronts.  “The role I’m playing with these guys is an advocate role trying the support the community as a councillor because this is something that the community needs,” Cr Webb said.

Just over the past 12 months, locals have called for increased palliative care, breast cancer support, prostate cancer nursing, Parkinson’s support and community midwifery.

Tamworth’s calls for a healthy helping hand

Mayor Col Murray

Mayor Col Murray

Councillor Russell Webb was out and about this week asking local businesses to throw their support behind the palliative care cause by hanging posters in their shopfronts.

“The role I’m playing with these guys is an advocate role trying the support the community as a councillor because this is something that the community needs,” Cr Webb said.

ON THE STREETS: Cr Russell Webb joined with Cancer Council to call for better palliative care services. Photo: Gareth Gardner

ON THE STREETS: Cr Russell Webb joined with Cancer Council to call for better palliative care services. Photo: Gareth Gardner

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