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Work begins on Macquarie Home Stay expansion

Managing Director of Macquarie Home Stay Rod Crowfoot with CWA of NSW President Joy Beams and David Haywood, President of the Macquarie Home Stay board. Photo contributed

Even as Tour de OROC riders ready themselves for the biennial fundraising ride, contactors at Dubbo are busy building stage 2 of the Macquarie Home Stay.

Managing Director of the Home Stay, Rod Crowfoot, said that Orange-based Renascent Regional Pty Limited is already on the job preparing the site for this important expansion.

“This stage 2 will support better health outcomes for residents of rural NSW, and meet a critical accommodation need for those people travelling to Dubbo for medical reasons,” Mr Crowfoot said.

Mr Crowfoot said that the new accommodation precinct will be known as the CWA of NSW Guesthouse following a $440,000 boost to Dubbo’s Macquarie Home Stay’s coffers by the CWA of NSW.

The generous contribution will help provide a new accommodation wing to support cancer patients travelling from the bush for treatment at Dubbo’s Western Cancer Centre.

To be known as the ‘CWA of NSW Guesthouse’, stage 2 will provide 26 self-contained units – one-bed, two-bed, and family units, as well as a spacious common room, dining and living areas, guest laundry facilities and outdoor living spaces. It is due to be completed by October 2024.

Mr Crowfoot said that it was important to acknowledge the support of many donors, fundraising events like the Tour de OROC and the financial support of the NSW government, which has contributed to the stage 2 development.

“Through this support many thousands of nights of quality accommodation will be provided to patients and their families needing affordable patient accommodation,” Mr Crowfoot said.

“We acknowledge the support that CWA has provided over many years by naming the next accommodation stage after them.”

Macquarie Home Stay provides affordable, comfortable, and quality accommodation for patients having to travel to Dubbo for medical treatment and takes some of the worry out of what’s already a stressful time for patients and their families.

“Many patients are coming from the regions to the Western Cancer Centre and are staying with us for much longer periods of time,” Mr Crowfoot said.

“We are providing an essential home away from home for the time that they’re receiving their medical care.”


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