Monday, September 21, 2009

Town Blue Mountains to Get New Health Clinic

The Town of The Blue Mountains has recently announced plans to build a new Community Health Clinic in Thornbury. The Municipality has made arrangements to acquire two pieces of property on Highway 26 immediately between the Thornbury Village Cidery and “Tigs” ladies wear. With the purchase agreements now in place, demolition of the former office facility that is attached to the Cidery building has now commenced. Demolition work has begun at the site and reusable materials from the demolition will be donated to victims or the August 20 tornado that swept through the area or to Habitat for Humanity.
With an aging population and with countless people looking to retire to the area, health care requirements has become an increasingly important concern throughout the Georgian Triangle.
North East Grey Health Clinics is a non-profit corporation of community volunteers dedicated to recruiting new physicians and to opening two clinics in both The Blue Mountains and Meaford. Fundraisers are looking to raise a total of $4 million, $2 million each for the two respective municipalities. To date, there is $1 million in commitments and pledges for The Blue Mountains health centre, including an initial donation of $275,000 from Town Council.
The estblishment of a health clinic in Thornbury will not only address the future health care needs of the community but will also serve to further the revitalization of Thornbury's downtown core. With the recent opening of the area's first traffic roundabout and now this latest initiative in the Blue Mountains, one cannot help but feel that the Blue Mountains Municipal Council in acting rather than just talking, tackling the issues at hand with a long-term vision and strategy that appears to be lacking with their Collingwood counterparts.

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