The Macleay and Nambucca Valley Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community will receive a massive health boost, with Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (ACMS) announcing a $3.1 million funding package to undertake a major refurbishment of its Kempsey facility.
The funding package, which was awarded through the Federal Government's Indigenous Health (Major Capital Works) Program, has been deemed one of the most noteworthy achievements in the organisation's 40-year history.
The grant will see Durri ACMS undertake a much-needed refurbishment of its existing medical service building on York Lane, which provides a dedicated range of health care services for the local Indigenous community.
The refurbishments, which are scheduled to commence in May 2020, will reap great benefits for current patients, staff and the broader community.
Initial plans reveal a complete transformation of the original front and reception area into a sleek, modern and accessible space, with a focus on providing both indoor and outdoor spaces to create a welcoming environment for patients and staff.
Durri ACMS Chief Executive Officer Tim Aguis thanked the Government for its generous support, which will greatly benefit the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
"As the second largest Aboriginal medical service in New South Wales, Durri has been proudly serving the local community for 40 years," said Mr Aguis.
"These long-overdue refurbishments will help improve our delivery of vital Primary Health Care Services to this community. We deeply appreciate the Federal Government's support, as we enter this exciting new phase in the organisation's history.
"I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the Durri ACMS Board, whose members committed a great deal of time and commitment to put forward the successful application.
"This funding is one of the biggest achievements for Durri ACMS since the Board's appointment three years ago."
The funding announcement comes as an early birthday present for Durri ACMS, which is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary later this year.