Close to four months after south-west patients started receiving radiotherapy treatment for the first time, the community-driven South West Regional Cancer Centre was officially opened.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy described the story behind the centre – brought about by Peter’s Project, founded by Vicki Jellie after the death of her husband Peter – as a special one.
“It’s so special because it’s centred on the story of people who have had to travel too far to get cancer care and in the face of one of their own going through a challenge, having a group of people in the community come together to advocate for better services that were closer to home,” she said.
Wannon MP Dan Tehan said the community put its heart and soul into the project, and said the outcome that had been achieved was “extraordinary”.
Ms Jellie, who was recently recognised as the 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year Local Hero for her work on the project, described the occasion as the “final tick”.