Healthy Community Access Hub Update

In March 2017, Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) was allocated $9.77M from the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to build a new community health facility in Kyneton. This new facility will replace the almost 90 year old building that we currently operate from at 47 High St, Kyneton and will form the head office of Cobaw’s growing sites including Woodend and the new Romsey site that will be completed mid-2018. Over the last six months the Healthy Community Access Hub project has progressed to investigating possible locations for the new building. Recently Cobaw shared with key stakeholders that the preferred location for the new building was a portion of the soon to be vacated Kyneton Primary School site.

The future use of the Kyneton Primary School site is currently being explored as part of a master plan being developed by Macedon Ranges Shire Council in conjunction with Regional Development Victoria.

Cobaw’s funding agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services for the new building requires the organisation to adhere to strict timelines for the project’s completion. Due to the indefinite timeline of the primary school site master planning process and the inability to align this with funding timelines, the opportunity for Cobaw to be a part of the future use of the Kyneton Primary School site cannot be realised. Cobaw will consider alternative site options for the purpose-built building that will provide the best possible facilities for the community.

Cobaw will continue to engage in the shire’s master planning process, recognising the importance and potential of this site to support community health and wellbeing.

Margaret McDonald, CEO, said, “Cobaw looks forward to continuing to work with community members, stakeholders and staff to design and build an amazing new facility in Kyneton which will deliver more services to meet the needs of local people for many years.”

Cobaw welcomes community participation around the design scope and further information on these opportunities will be posted early next year on Cobaw’s website.