Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said Kilkivan will get a community nurse thanks to  Mavis O'Neill, Jan Kirby (pictured) and Joyce Koy.
Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said Kilkivan will get a community nurse thanks to Mavis O'Neill, Jan Kirby (pictured) and Joyce Koy.

Public pressure secures community nurse visits in Kilkivan

THE Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has responded to public pressure for more community nursing services in Kilkivan and Goomeri.

It announced an increase in the number of community nurse visits and flagged the possibility of more services in the coming months.

On Thursday, June 21, it will host a public forum at the Kilkivan public hall from 10.30am, where members of the community can put their concerns to staff from the services.

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said the action was the result of the hard work put in by Mavis O'Neill, Jan Kirby and Joyce Koy who organised a petition on the issues.

"I applaud the Kilkivan and Goomeri communities for their determination and assistance in pushing for better community health services in their townships,” she said.

"Next week in State Parliament I will be tabling the petition, calling on the State Government to provide a community health nurse for Kilkivan and Goomeri. There are 354 signatures, which is a significant achievement.

"I would encourage the community to attend the forum on June 21 and directly voice their feedback for the services needed in the district. This is a good start and I will keep the pressure up to ensure a community health nurse returns to the district.

"Congratulations must go to Mavis O'Neill, Jan Kirby and Joyce Koy who first raised this issue with me and then worked very hard to coordinate the petition in Kilkivan and Goomeri. It goes to show that perseverance and determination does pay off, and if you believe in something strongly enough, you can create change,” Mrs Frecklington said.

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