Opening of Eugowra Medical Centre
Published on 21 November 2023
The Diane Smith (Townsend) Memorial Eugowra Medical Centre was officially opened on Saturday, 18 November 2023 by the Deputy Mayor Jamie Jones, Eugowra Medical Centre chair Ray Augustin and MP Andrew Gee.
Diane's family attended the official opening, as the community recognised her commitment as the centre's long-time receptionist and as a member of the volunteer committee.
The original Eugowra Medical Centre was opened in 1965 and the groundwork for the most recent renovations began back in 2017.
It’s been a long journey with many challenges to come to this moment. It all started with the passion and commitment to provide quality health care services for the Eugowra community.
The project was jointly funded by The Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund $124,000, along with $366,000 from Cabonne Council and a $30,000 contribution from the Eugowra Medical Centre Committee.
The project included the redevelopment of the existing medical centre building to create two residential units, as well as a renewed and modern medical centre.
"This facility is extremely important to the community here and plays an important role in the overall recovery of the community by restoring necessary access to healthcare and mental health services." Deputy Mayor Jamie Jones said.
"Diane was a previous staff member of the Eugowra Medical Centre, and a much-loved member of this community. It only seems right to dedicate this to her and recognise her hard work and dedication to the health and wellbeing of the community she called home."
This tremendously resilient community has met the challenges over the past 12 months and has overcome many hurdles on the road to recovery, a road that still has a long way to go.
Looking toward the future, this little town is beginning to thrive once again, and the opening of the Diane Smith (Townsend) Eugowra Medical Centre provides another positive milestone for the community on the road to recovery.