Friday 8 July 2022
More than 100 residents from the Wentworth and Buronga community got their first look at the new Buronga HealthOne at a Community Open Day today, ahead of the facility’s official opening.
The integrated facility has been funded by the NSW Government’s $100 million HealthOne Program and will bring together a range of health services for communities in Buronga, Dareton, Gol Gol, Wentworth, Euston and Balranald.
Today’s Community Open Day was an opportunity for the community to take guided tours, talk to staff and familiarise themselves with the new and enhanced health services.
The facility has been built on Barkandji land, which was made possible thanks to the Barkandji and Malyangapa Nations and the Barkandji Native Title Group Aboriginal Corporation (RNTBC) Board passing a resolution to sign the Agreement for Lease
The unique facility, which recognises local culture, community and traditional ownership of land, brings a range of health services closer to communities in the Wentworth Shire region to meet the growing healthcare needs now and into the future.
Representatives of the Barkandji Nation have played a key role in guiding features of the Buronga HealthOne to recognise local Aboriginal culture and heritage, including landscaping and pathways, wayfinding, a yarning circle, as well as a garden with medicinal plants.
As part of the open day, a special Relationship Tree was planted to symbolise the importance of the Lease Agreement signed between the NSW Government with the Barkandji Nation which preserves native title.
The new facility was built by Barpa, a proud and dynamic Australian Indigenous construction company.
The facility is expected to commence clinical operations this month.
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