Volunteer concerned

By NATALIE SMITH

YEPPOON Nursing Home volunteer Anton Schick walked away disappointed from a public meeting about health services on Thursday night.

He was one of about 60 people who attended a public meeting in Yeppoon where subjects, like the site for the proposed $13 million redevelopment of the hospital and future of the nursing home, were not on the agenda.

Mr Schick, 66, first raised concerns when Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan said last month that the Yeppoon nursing home could close if the Federal Government agreed to allow the State Government to move the 72 beds allocated to the facility to private sector operators on the Capricorn Coast.

However, at the end of the meeting on Thursday night Mr Hoolihan said there had been no final decision made about the nursing home.

"There has been a cabinet recommendation,'' he told residents at the meeting.

Mr Schick said while he was disappointed the nursing home was not on the agenda, but was philosophical about it.

"We are small beans when you look at the problems of the health department,'' he said.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig announced yesterday that council would hold a public meeting in the Yeppoon Town Hall in the next two weeks to discuss broader health issues.



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