WE'RE EXPANDING: Integrated Wellbeing Centre CEO Ara Harathunian is pleased that the centre is planning to expand. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
WE'RE EXPANDING: Integrated Wellbeing Centre CEO Ara Harathunian is pleased that the centre is planning to expand. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

IWC set to double in size

THREE houses on Sims Rd and Targo St may soon be demolished or dismantled as the Integrated Wellbeing Centre (IWC) prepares to double in size.

IWC CEO Ara Harathunian said the expansion correlated with an increased need for the centres services.

He described the IWC on Barolin St as a "one-stop shop" that offered medical facilities including doctors, dental and psychologists as well as family intervention programs.

Mr Harathunian said the IWC had applied to the Bundaberg Regional Council for approval to build the new centre that would connect to the IWC via an overhead walkway.

"We're just putting a development application in initially based on the growth and demand that's been placed on us through the people who are utilising our services," he said.

Mr Harathunian said the expansion would be a continuation of the services already offered at the IWC.

"Other allied health professionals with be utilising the premises like a one-stop shop," he said.

"At the moment we've got Coral Coast Pharmacies coming in and Sullivan Nicholaides are here."

But Mr Harathunian said it was only early days for the expansion.

"We haven't funded it yet, we were advised we have to put in a development application (to the council)," he said.

"So that's what we're doing first to see first of all if the council will approve our expansion.

"Then we'll consider the finance."

Mr Harathunian said the IWC would then ascertain how it would fund the expansion.

"That may mean self funded or get organisations or people to partner with us to build it," he said.

Mr Harathunian said the IWC would also apply to the State and Federal Governments for grants for the expansion.

He said the proposed land for the expansion had come about as the owners of the three houses around them approached the IWC.

"And asked if we were interested in purchasing them," he said.

"And we did purchase them."

But Mr Harathunian said they had no future plans to expand at that time.

"It just occurred, the opportunity just arose and we had the ability to do it so we purchased them for our future growth," he said.

Mr Harathunian said that growth had come sooner than expected.

"Based on the needs of the service we're providing that we need to look at expanding.

"And of course now (the three houses purchases) that's helped us out."


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