Red tape threatens $1m rural clinic

A HUSBAND and wife building a GP super clinic in rural NSW risk losing $200,000 in promised government funding due to delays in having the development pass through their local council.

GP Dr Joseph Romeo and his wife Liz, executive director of the practice, won a bid to establish a $1 million super clinic in the central western town of Narrandera almost two years ago. 

However, the couple now fear they will miss the 30 June deadline to hand over all the documentation needed to secure their final funding instalment because Narrandera Shire Council has failed to provide the necessary paperwork. 

The Romeos must prove the land on which the clinic is built is theirs. 

The council has backed the project but has so far failed to provide the crucial subdivision certificate formally handing the development land to the couple.

“There’s no room to stretch [the deadline],” Mrs Romeo told Medical