Repairs are needed on a local health service building that leaks and is infested with pests.
Member for Flinders Peter Treloar is concerned about the state of the Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service building and recently raised the issue with the Health Minister.
Speaking in state parliament last month, Mr Treloar outlined the issues at the premises and said upgrades were needed.
“The roof leaks, there are termites in the floor, mice in the ceiling and they have shovels adjacent the doors to kill the snakes,” he said.
An assessment of the building in June 2016 found the roof had deteriorated to a point where “patching is no longer an option” and while interior spaces were in “fair condition”, carpet and vinyl needed replacing and the building needed repainting.
The report, written for Country Health SA by Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s facilities manager Lindsay Hilton, said the partly decommissioned old section of the building was in “very poor condition” and should remain decommissioned unless the area was needed to be brought back into use.
Country Health SA Eyre and Far North regional director Michele Smith said about $150,000 had been spent on the building in the past five years.
“We acknowledge that the building is in a poor state and since 2012 have funded around $150,000 towards its maintenance and repair.
“We also pay $10,000 each year for a preventative maintenance program and have offered a $50,000 lump sum to address any urgent maintenance issues.
“Country Health SA is willing to help the community-controlled Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service to identify suitable alternative properties in the Ceduna region.”
Mr Treloar, who was recently invited to inspect the premises, said a solution was needed.
“Three years ago $20 million was spent on Ceduna Hospital, a wonderful hospital but the other building was overlooked and is in a poor state.”
Mr Treloar said he had been in contact with Health Minister Jack Snelling about the condition of the building.
“If the government decides it wants to run a service separate from the hospital it needs to be brought up to specification and needs the capacity to deliver services properly.”
A spokesperson for Mr Snelling said the state government shared the view of Country Health SA, which was continuing to provide assistance to the organisation.
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