Milestone on the road to cancer centre

THREE significant presentations were made last week that marked milestones in the construction of the Shoalhaven Regional Cancer Care Centre.

Nine months after construction began, the Shoalhaven Regional Cancer Care Centre is 75 per cent complete, still on budget and on schedule.

The milestone triggers a progress payment of $557,500 from the Shoalhaven City and Shoalhaven Lions Linear Accelerator and Cancer Treatment Fundraising Committee.

More than 400 groups have donated or helped raise funds.

On Thursday afternoon Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash presented the cheque for that payment to NSW Health.

The money was presented on behalf of the Shoalhaven City and Shoalhaven Lions Linear Accelerator Appeal.

During the presentation two more cheques were presented, one from the Lions Club of Nowra with a further $10,000 and the Lions Club of Jervis Bay also an extra $10,000.

The event was held at the Shoalhaven City Council Administration Building in front of representatives of many of the community organisations that raised funds for the centre.

The gathering was attended by Zita Cleary, whose late husband Ray, along with Paul Dean and then Mayor Greg Watson, launched the idea of a local cancer centre.

“Ray, Paul and Greg kicked off with a great idea and then the people of this community took it up,” Ms Cleary said.

“I always hoped it was going to happen.

“When I saw that support I knew it was going to happen because of people power.

“The community has done a terrific job. This is a dream that is coming true and I’m so glad to be a part of it,” she said.

Mayor Joanna Gash congratulated past mayors Greg Watson and Paul Green for their support for the project. She said being a part of the fundraising committee was one of the highlights of being Mayor.

“We are so proud as a new council to be a part of this community,” she said.

“It is a pleasure like I have never known. We are blown away by what this community does.”

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