Dialysis patients from Coober Pedy and surrounds are currently forced to leave their homes and move more than 800km south to Port Augusta or Adelaide to access treatment, taking them away from country, family and community.
The Bibbulmun Fund granted almost $100,000 towards the Purple House (Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation) Coober Pedy project to bring two dialysis machines to Coober Pedy.
"We would like to share with you all that this project is progressing well, albeit a little slower than originally planned (thank you COVID).
We have been working with engineers, architects and consultants to finalise the design drawings, specifications and other documentation required for the works.
Architectural documentation for a design and construction contract is around 95% complete, including completion of the site plan, building sections/construction details, design and energy efficiency specification and finishes schedule.
The project has met with some challenges which have impacted progress: Once the challenges with the earthworks and sewer connection have been resolved, we should be ready for construction. Despite the initial setbacks, this project remains our highest priority and we are doing everything we can to minimise further delays and move forward with construction as soon as possible. With these additional pieces of work, we will be undertaking construction during the second half of 2022 and be opening the unit during the first half of 2023. When I have more detailed timing I will let you know as we’ll be very ready for celebrations when it opens."