Burnett pharmacist Fazel Tim says the new Tiaro pharmacy will be open by December, if not shortly before.
Burnett pharmacist Fazel Tim says the new Tiaro pharmacy will be open by December, if not shortly before.

Tiaro to get its pharmacy

TIARO is on schedule to have a pharmacy by early December, after 18 months of waiting.

“The Australian Community Pharmacy Authority has granted us the licence to open a pharmacy in Tiaro,” Burnett Heads pharmacist Fazel Tim said yesterday.

“We need to be open within six months but we are well on track to opening by early December, maybe even a bit earlier.”

Mr Fazel has unintentionally usurped the council’s plans to include a pharmacy in the town’s new medical centre, partly funded by the Federal Government.

In July the council was granted $319,000 under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program to develop the medical facility with allied health professionals and a pharmacy in the former Tiaro shire council administration centre.

“We’ve actually entered an arrangement to use the former coffee house cottage just off the main street,” Mr Fazel said.

“We are paying for everything entirely by ourselves.

“No grant has been sought or is involved.”

Mr Fazel won his application to be the sole pharmacist in Tiaro with the help of the council, which wrote a letter supporting his request to the Canberra authority.

Councillor Linda Harris said that a Hervey Bay pharmacy had been delivering prescriptions to Tiaro residents twice a week since the old pharmacy closed down.

“We certainly welcome this news. The community has been waiting with bated breath for a pharmacy to open again,” she said.



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