Ministers Visit kicks a goal for Coen
Minister of Health, Hon Cameron Dick visited Coen on Tuesday (11 April) under the Ministerial Government Champion’s program. Minister Dick’s first visit was back in September, where he worked closely with the mayor and community leaders from Coen to establish the current needs of the community.
On Tuesday he presented to community the developments the government has committed to, the expansion of the ambulance service and the upgrade of the recreation field.
With the news of the new field, The Coen Cults football team tightening up their football boots with excitement. With thanks to the Department of Sport, Cook Shire Council and Queensland health commitment the upgrade is estimated to cost $500,000 which will include Irrigation, new turf, goal posts and lighting. He spoke of how he saw the projects potential to expand leadership within community through new possible activities.
Minister Dick visioned the field becoming a community hub for health and engagement, with the grounds becoming the home of the next Jonathan Thurston.
“We want this field to be owned by community, not to just be seen as something the government funded. With the upgrade to include lighting, this gives community the opportunity to hold more events at night and grow and nurture that next Jonathan Thurston.”
Along with the excitement of the field upgrade, Minister Dick presented to an interagency meeting announcing the expansion of the Ambulance service, which is to include an additional paramedic for Coen from the months April to October. Along with a new vehicle to accompany the additional paramedic, office and accommodation to the estimated investment is $580,000.
“Coen being a community that welcomes a tourist population over the months of April to October, this will ensure that we can follow the health motto of right place, right time and right people and skills to provide best practice care.”
Chair of Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Thomas Hudson travelled along with the Apunipima executive team in Coen and had nothing but praise for the Ministerial Government Champions program.
“Palaszczuk governments introduction to the Ministers champions program for the communities are proving to be a great success, already showing how a collaborative approach to community health brings a harmony and cohesive approach to different services and the government departments.”
The evidence will be in the improvements on the close the gap targets, healthy babies, Cap York people living longer, healthier lives.
Mr Hudson says “He is looking forward to seeing this evidence in day to day health care services for Cape York people."
With dates yet to be set of when both projects are to be completed, the community eagerly await for what is next to come in Coen.