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Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Page: 14441

Mr VAN MANEN (FordeGovernment Whip) (13:46): Upper Coomera is one of the fastest-growing areas in my electorate of Forde. This burgeoning community and surrounding suburbs Pimpama, Willow Vale and Wongawallan have seen rapid increases over the past few years. I'm pleased to say that during the break in sittings, the government announced a new fully funded MRI licence for the Upper Coomera community, which will be of great benefit to that community. It will allow services to be provided locally, saving residents from going down to the Gold Coast for scans. Importantly, this is about saving lives and providing health and medical services where people live. We understand the importance of these facilities. For people feeling stressed, having health issues or with difficult family circumstances, having these services right on their doorstep will be an enormous boon. I want to thank the team at Qscan radiology clinics and congratulate them on successfully obtaining this fully Medicare funded MRI licence. It will not only be the MRI but the other services that will go with that, such as X-rays and CT scans. It will provide a full suite of radiology services for the Upper Coomera community—just another example of this government's record investment in health across the country.