RDA donation adds to a facility being built on love


RDA donation adds to a facility being built on love

Macquarie Home Stay is the worthy beneficiary of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana’s recent Regional Skills Outlook survey.

The Unravelling the Skills of the Future for the Orana Region project was a study of workforce demands, business barriers, present and future skills shortages, recruitment and retention, exports and innovations, and training and growth.

Upon completion of the survey, participants were either given $30 or the opportunity to contribute to the future accommodation facility, which will be used by patients and their carers who must travel to Dubbo Base Hospital for treatment.

RDA Orana deputy chair Brad Cam was pleased with the outcome which will benefit a very deserving venture.

“Out of 190 completed responses, 181 business people decided to give to the cause, resulting in a donation of $5430 which is wonderful news for the project,” he said.

Macquarie Home Stay chairman Rod Crowfoot was thrilled to hear about the donation which will go towards funding Stage 2 of the development. He said it was recognition of what this facility will mean to the Orana region.

“There’s more than 210,000 people from the region that rely on Dubbo Base Hospital for treatment. Being able to provide this accommodation is really important,” he said.

The facility has been overwhelmed by the community’s generosity, including huge fundraising efforts from Tour de OROC ($450,000) Back of Bourke bike ride ($61,000).

“It is just so humbling. We are really conscious of the use of the donation dollar and how industry and business are choosing the use of their dollars and seeing the value of what we are trying to provide.

“When people are making a donation, it’s coming to Dubbo for the project, into building Macquarie Home Stay. It’s for everyone that relies on Dubbo Base Hospital – for delivery of babies, day surgery, A&E and more. Whoever you are, there’s a high chance  you will use the hospital at some point in time.”

After eight years of preparation and community consultation, the construction stage of Macquarie Home Stay is finally set to commence, and no-one could be happier than Rod.

“It’s been a whole lot of planning and maps and discussion,” he said.

“Now is an exciting time and it’s really nice to be able to show the region the reality to make it from the concept through to building, it’s testament to our donors and sponsors.”

Dubbo company Maas Constructions Group will be undertaking work for the accommodation facility.

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