In the six years that Rural Health Tasmania’s CEO Robert Waterman has been at the helm, the local community hub has grown 400 per cent. Now offering programs through 13 sites across the north west, and including Kind Island and the west coast, Rural Health have officially outgrown their Smithton premises and over the next couple of years will slowly transition to offer their programs across two locations.
Beginning with the HIPPY program, the team will clear out their space at 68 Emmett Street and head down and around the corner to the newly acquired King Bros soft furnishings space.
Over the next few weeks the paint will get a refresh and the building will be abuzz as it is fitted out to accommodate the team, their program and their families.
“It will be a gradual transition,” Robert said.
“The property has settled and we have officially taken ownership.”
The plans had been in the pipelines for a future date, however with the new requirements in place due to COVID-19 restrictions the move has been accelerated.
“The current space just doesn’t allow for the COVID space requirements,” Robert said.
“We just can’t accommodate all of the services available.”
The new year will see Kings close completely and the refurbishment of the rest of the building will take place to accommodate offices and family spaces, allowing more room at the current location for programs to take place.
“It will be quite a comprehensive fit out,” Robert said.
“The new building will be more modern.
“As the expansion of our services at Rural Health continues to grow, it’s really great to be able to go into a local building and continue to service the local community.”
Rural Health Tasmania will continue to offer their services out of both buildings for the next few years and Roberts says a local business buying a local building can only be a benefit the community.