SCIC secretary Mary Brown and committee member Marlene Owen at the units the organisation had built by Hotondo Homes.
SCIC secretary Mary Brown and committee member Marlene Owen at the units the organisation had built by Hotondo Homes. Craig Warhurst

SCIC units near finish

WEATHER permitting, the Supporting Chemotherapy In Cooloola units in Everson Rd will be finished in a month or two.

SCIC president Gordon Owen said people were "struggling for accommodation" when they came to Gympie for treatment.

When Gympie Regional Council bought the Northumberland Hotel, it allowed the motel rooms to be used by families of patients in the hospital's chemotherapy ward, but now the hotel renovations were under way, people from out of town either stayed with friends or travelled home each night because Queensland Health provided no accommodation.

Mr Owen said the five units - two double and three singles - were at "lock-up stage" and were being painting inside.

"Some outside cementing needs to be done, but that can't happen in the wet weather," Mr Owen said.

The site also included a caretaker unit, office and meeting room, he said.

SCIC had been meeting at various venues and would soon have a permanent site.

"By the time the project is finished, the best part of $500,000 will have been spent and that's without a single grant," he said.

SCIC had applied to Jupiters for a grant several times, but as yet had not been successful.

Whether or not they are successful at next month's distribution of grants remains to be seen.

"We are a worthy cause and we don't get a thing from the government," Mr Owen said.

Fundraising, along with service club assistance and the community, had contributed to the $500,000 and the SCIC would hold a ball during July.

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