19 June 2020

Crace medical centre to open in 2014

| My Gungahlin
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Plans for a new purpose-built, architecturally designed medical centre at Crace are nearing finalisation and construction is expected to start in the next three to six months.

Crace Project Director Malcolm Leslie says the new centre will be situated on the corner of Gundaroo Drive and Abena Avenue, and willserve not only Crace residents, but those right throughout the Gungahlin area.

The facility will be owned and operated by local GPs Mel Deery and her husband John Deery, both of who have been practicing throughout Canberra for the past decade.

“It’s very exciting news for the region and particularly for Crace,” Malcolm Leslie says. “A facility such as this is an extraordinarily valuable resource for the local community, and adds to the excellent facilities already coming online at Crace.

These include a new 140-unit seniors independent living development, which is being built at Crace by Goodwin Aged Care Services and will open later this year, the new Crace Central retail precinct which will include a Supabarn Express supermarket, also to open later this year, and a new 84-place childcare centre to be delivered by Oorama Education by 2014.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be coming to Crace and to be developing our very own medical centre in a region where we have lived and worked for so many years,” says Mel Deery.

“The Gungahlin area is under resourced from a medical perspective––there is always a need for more GPs wherever you are––so our plan is to provide high quality medical and health care services in a modern environment that is easy to access and close to other facilities.”

The Deerys, who live locally at Gungahlin, expect to build the facility in two stages. The first stage of about 500m2 is being designed to accommodate five GPs as well as physiotherapy and pathology facilities. Stage 2 will create space for other allied health professionals including a dentist and nutritionist.

“Over the past decade we’ve enjoyed working at practices in Ainslie, Kaleen, Gungahlin and Lyneham,” says Mel Deery, “but when it’s your own, it’s completely different. We are just so excited about the future at Crace and about building a valuable, lasting community legacy.”

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