Hospital site off limits at meeting
By NATALIE SMITH
GARY Bowden made it clear from the start ? last night's public meeting in Yeppoon was only about hospital health services.
Mr Bowden, a Yeppoon businessman, chaired the meeting convened by Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan. "It's not about the site, not about the nursing home ? it's about your needs,'' he said in his opening address.
"I agreed to chair this meeting on one condition ? that it was not political.''
About 60 people attended the meeting at Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club including Rockhampton Hospital district manager Sandra Thomson.
Ms Thomson asked for the community's input into what health services people wanted on the Capricorn Coast.
"The planning processes for Yeppoon have already started but we want your active participation,'' she said.
Retired teacher and Yeppoon resident Anton Schick, 66, responded: "It can hardly be bigger and better if there's no nursing home.''
"I was under the understanding that this was a meeting to discuss all health services.''
Within a couple of minutes Mr Bowden had cut off debate about the nursing home and steered it back to the health services.
The meeting continued with suggestions for more doctors, a children's ward, maternity care and a surgery to be included in the new $13 million hospital.