The CoastalCare Centre is a symbol of generosity and investment in the health of its district.
Dan Holmes, chair of the trust that spearheaded the $2.3 million project, says his group, “owes a terrific debt to the community who were all behind it. They have a wonderful facility they can be proud of.”
The multi-use health and social service centre was officially opened on April 2 after years of hard work and with crucial backing from the TSB Community Trust.
The project cost about $2.3 million, with $950,000 of that coming from the Trust, which provided a seeding grant of $500,000 as well as a further $450,000.
Mr Holmes says the seeding grant was important as it gave the trust confidence that it could raise the money locally. “It’s not easy for our community. We’re on the surf highway and if we don’t do things for ourselves they don’t get done.”
“That TSB Community Trust grant proved that we should be able to raise the money locally.”
Coastal Taranaki Health Care was established in 2006. In 2010 momentum gathered when one of the Opunake GPs retired and the second GP indicated his site was becoming unsuitable.
The local St John’s organisation, Plunket and the South Taranaki District Council agreed to gift their land for the site ensuring the new building had a home.
It houses different service providers – everything from a pharmacy, medical practice, Foodbank, Tui Ora services and Plunket to a public health nurse and the St John’s ambulance.
Counselling provision and district health board services are also available. The centre has been futureproofed to allow for dental services.
For Coastal Taranaki, it represents a true hub or one-stop ‘shop’ of health and wellbeing, says Dan.