The Rotary Club of Cobar has joined with the Rotary Club of West Dubbo in a push to have an integrated Cancer Centre in Dubbo.
The Cobar club is currently circulating the Dubbo club’s cancer centre petition to the Federal Government.
Past President of the Rotary Club of Cobar Gordon Hill said the Cobar club strongly supports the petition as Cobar residents (along with others living in surrounding rural areas west of Dubbo) who require cancer treatment currently need to travel to Orange and Sydney.
“A move by the Rotary Club of West Dubbo to encourage the Federal Government to fund a cancer centre as part of the redevelopment of the Dubbo Hospital has received strong support from the Dubbo and western area communities,” Mr Hill said.
“A petition requesting that Federal funds be made available for such a cancer centre in Dubbo is currently being widely distributed around all western towns and villages that are part of the catchment area of the Dubbo Hospital.
“The petition requires 10,000 signatures before it can be presented to the Federal Parliament.
“This should be an easy target to reach as the petition has already reached about 5,000 signatures in Dubbo alone,” Mr Hill said.
“A cancer centre in Dubbo would ensure that local residents requiring cancer treatment could get it much closer to their home and family members.
“With the Macquarie Home Stay Project now getting underway in Dubbo, more affordable accommodation for patients and carers closer to the Dubbo Hospital will soon be a reality,” he said.
Cobar residents wishing to sign the petition will find copies in many business houses as well as Cobar Shire & TAFE Library, at the council office, Cobar Primary Health Care Centre, Dr Indra’s Surgery, both pharmacies, service stations and the Cobar Newsagents.